If your fleet is adding new CDL drivers, be aware the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pushing back implementation of its minimum training standards rule for entry-level commercial drivers - again. This is the third delay of “Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators” final rule.
The rule, officially dubbed the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-level Commercial Vehicle Operators, sets a minimum classroom curriculum required to be taught to CDL seekers. It stipulates that pre-CDL drivers become proficient at behind-the-wheel operation, as judged by an FMCSA-approved trainer. New driver-trainees will need to earn at least an 80 percent score on operations proficiency at the discretion of the trainer before being allowed to receive a CDL.
The rule also establishes a registry of FMCSA-approved trainers from which CDL applicants must be trained, however no registry is available at this time.
When the rule was initially published last year, FMCSA said the rule would begin in February of this year but President Trump's freeze on pending regulations on January 20, 2017 caused the agency to delay the rule until May 22.
The rule’s Feb. 7, 2020, compliance date does not appear to be affected by the delay, however.
The delayed start for the rule's implementation is now June 5 and is published in the Federal Register available for downloading here. No public comments are requested.