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FMCSA establishes ruling for truck drivers applying for CDLs

On June 5, a ruling that sets training standards for all new truck drivers in New York and across the country effectively became law after the Trump Administration ordered regulatory reviews that delayed it for five months. The ruling gives trainers, carriers and additional stakeholders until February 2020 to act in accordance to the law.

The rule applies to all commercial drivers license applicants who obtain their CDLs on or after Feb. 7, 2020. Besides requiring driver trainees and CDL applicants to be instructed from a core curriculum, the rule includes mandatory behind-the-wheel training and requires a registry of driver trainers certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration who will teach CDL applicants. In order to be FMCSA-certified so that they can be on the registry's rolls, trainers and carriers are obligated to meet particular criteria.

While key stakeholders are in support of the changes, some have criticized the final version because it lacks a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel training time. In the original proposal, the agency included at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training that required both on-road time and course time. However, in the final ruling, it decided to remove the minimum, although trucking lobbyists are working to reestablish this rule.

Semi truck accidents can result from a variety of causes, including improper maintenance, but they often lead to occupants of other vehicles incurring catastrophic injuries. If it can be determined that the accident was due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, then a personal injury attorney could assist people who have been harmed in seeking compensation for their losses.

Source: Overdrive Online, "FMCSA's driver training rule takes effect after Trump-brought delays", James Jaillet, June 6, 2017

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