MTSA
Guide to a Smooth Move
Certified Professional Movers Program
Industry Resources
News and Events
Links
Contact Us
Minnesota Transport Services Association home Contact Us Site Map
Household Movers Freight Carriers Commercial Warehouse Operators
News and Events - Minnesota Transport Services Association

 

FMCSA Proposes National Training Standards for Entry-Level Truck and Bus Drivers

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a set of comprehensive national prerequisite training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) reflects consensus recommendations of a negotiated rulemaking committee comprised of FMCSA representatives and 25 stakeholders and responds to a Congressional mandate imposed under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. Public comment is sought as the next phase of the rulemaking.


Under the proposal announced today, applicants seeking a “Class A” CDL – necessary for operating a combination tractor-trailer type vehicle weighing 26,001 lbs. or more – would be required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training from an instructional program that meets FMCSA standards, including a minimum of 10 hours of operating the vehicle on a practice driving range.
Applicants seeking a “Class B” CDL – necessary for operating a heavy straight truck (such as a dump truck or box truck) or a school bus, city transit bus, or motor coach – would be required to obtain a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including a minimum of seven hours of practice range training.


There is no proposed minimum number of hours that driver trainees must spend on the classroom portions of any of the individual curricula.


Mandatory, comprehensive training in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories would apply to the following individuals under the proposal:

  • First-time CDL applicants;
  • Current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL) or an additional endorsement (necessary, e.g., to transport hazardous materials, operate a tank truck, school bus, or motor coach, or pull double and/or triple trailers); and
  • A previously disqualified CDL holder seeking to reacquire a license.
  • These individuals would be subject to the proposed entry-level driver training requirements and must complete a course of instruction provided by an entity that:
  • Meets the minimum qualifications for training providers;
    Covers the curriculum;
  • Is listed on FMCSA’s proposed Training Provider Registry; and
  • Submits electronically to FMCSA the training certificate for each individual who completes the training.

Under the proposal, military drivers, farmers, and firefighters would continue to remain generally exempt from the federal CDL requirements.

 

Home   ·    Guide to Smooth Move   ·    MTSA Certified Movers   ·    Resources   ·    News   ·    Links   ·    Site Map   ·    Contact