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 with any concerns or comments.

NLBMDA 3/18/2016

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