Safety-Related Training Proposed for Truck, Bus, Motor Coach Drivers

Friday, March 18, 2016


The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a notice of rulemaking, proposing that new drivers obtain at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training before receiving a Class A commercial driver's license, including at least 10 hours of driving range practice. These new training standards would be for entry-level commercial truck and bus drivers as a way to improve safety. FMCSA said that drivers of school buses, public buses, and motor coaches would need at least 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including at least seven hours on a driving practice range, to get a Class B commercial driver's license. Moreover, drivers with a Class B license seeking to upgrade to a Class A CDL and drivers who were disqualified and want to regain their CDL also would have to undergo the training. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "Well-trained drivers are safer drivers, which leads to greater safety for our families and friends on our highways and roads. With the help of our partners, today's proposal serves as a major step towards ensuring that commercial vehicle drivers receive the necessary training required to safely operate a large truck or motor coach." The proposed rule is open to a 30-day public comment period, would take effect three years after its final adoption. NLBMDA is reviewing the proposal and members are welcomed to contact Frank Moore at frank@dealer.org with any concerns or comments.

NLBMDA 3/18/2016

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