Trucking Law is Delayed.... Again. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has again delayed the effective date of its entry level driver training rule to allow more time for it to be reviewed.

The regulation was originally supposed to be effective Feb. 6, but was delayed until March 21 due to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 executive order.

The relevant part of that order calls for all regulations that have been published to the Federal Register, but have not yet taken effect, to be postponed for 60 days from the date of the memo “for the purpose of reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy they raise.”

The FMCSA’s latest notice says the delay for two additional months is needed “to provide the opportunity for further review and consideration of this new regulation.”

Entry level driving training laws are delayed again

The delay is not expected to impact the rule's February 2020 compliance date. The rule outlines a core curriculum broken down into two categories: class time and driving time.

The final rule does not impose a mandatory minimum number of behind-the-wheel hours for the Class A and B commercial driver’s license training.

The basics of class time involve instruction on the operation of the vehicles, including instruments and controls, how to perform pre-and post-trip inspections, how to operate at night, distracted driving, hours of service, and more.

The rule establishes a Training Provider Registry listing FMCSA-approved providers who are able to administer the classroom and driving elements.

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