Federal Update
FMCSA names members of entry-level driver training advisory committee

By Jami Jones, managing editor

The journey toward mandated entry-level driver training standards began in late February with the first meeting of the Negotiated Rulemaking Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched a negotiated rulemaking – dubbed Reg Neg – to develop mandatory driver training for new drivers to the industry. The agency began accepting nominations in December 2014 and announced members of the committee on

Feb. 10. Each member will serve up

to one two-year term.

The committee is formed of representatives from driver training organizations, industry representatives, driver training schools, motor carriers, associations, state licensing agencies, law enforcement, labor unions, safety advocacy groups, insurance companies and others. The committee will seek to balance the interests of the diverse group “to the extent practicable.”

The committee will be tasked with developing minimum training standards for the first time and with upgrading CDLs. They will determine behind-the-wheel time, whether schools should be accredited or certified, what trainer qualifications must be, and the list goes on.

FMCSA intends to complete the reg neg process for the proposed rule within the first half of 2015 and to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking this year, followed by a final rule in 2016.

The committee’s first meeting was Feb. 26-27. Members of the committee are:

Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy, FMCSA

LaMont Byrd, Director, Health and Safety, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Jim Edwards, Washington Representative, National Association of Small Trucking Companies

Martin Garsee, President, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools

Scott Grenerth, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Clyde Hart, Vice President, Government Affairs, American Bus Association

David Heller, Director, Safety and Policy, Truckload Carriers Association

Charlie Hood, President, National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services

Pupil Transportation Services

Peter Kurdock, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

John Lannen, Executive Director, Truck Safety Coalition

Kevin Lewis, Director, Driver Programs, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

David Money, Chairman, Board of Directors, Professional Truck Drivers Institute

David R. Parker, Senior Legal Counsel, Great West Casualty Co.

Ken Presley, Vice President, Industry Operations, and Chief Operating Officer, United Motorcoach Association

Bob Ramsdell, Chief Operating Officer, West, Durham School Services, National School Transportation Association

Margaret Rohanna, School Bus Program Manager, Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle Division, Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Lauren Samet, Assistant Director, Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO

Al Smith, Director, Safety and Security, Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Carl Spatocco, Regional Vice President, Educational Affiliates, Commercial Vehicle Training Association

Bryan Spoon, Owner-Operator, Spoon Trucking

Louis Spoonhour, Senior Advisor for CDL Programs, Stevens Transport

Boyd Stephenson, Director, Hazardous Materials and Commercial Licensing Policy, American Trucking Associations

Bob Tershak, Master Trooper, Virginia State Police, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Ellen Voie, President and CEO, Women in Trucking

Ed Watt, Director, Special Projects, Amalgamated Transit Union,


Ron Wood, Washington, D.C., Volunteer Coordinator, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways LL