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3/24/2008
SPECIAL REPORT: FMCSA extends driver training comment deadline

Truckers who want to let the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration know how they feel about a proposed driver training rule have a few more months to submit their comments, thanks to an extension of the deadline.

FMCSA extended the deadline to submit comments to May 23. The initial deadline was to be March 25. The extension was requested by the American Trucking Association in a Feb. 26 letter to the agency.

FMCSA published a “notice of proposed rulemaking” in the Federal Register on Dec. 26, 2007, that proposes 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training in addition to 76 hours of classroom time before potential truckers can test for and receive their Class A CDL.

The new proposed regulation not only requires students to actually spend some time behind the wheel, but also requires them to do it at an accredited school with qualified instructors on staff.

The truck driving schools will have to be accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education or by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This would also apply to schools operated by trucking companies.

The public has until May 23 to file comments on the proposed regulation. The Docket number for the proposed rule is FMCSA-2007-27748. Click here to comment online.

Of course, submitting comments electronically via the Internet isn’t your only option. You can still:

  • Fax comments with the Docket ID number to (202) 493-2251;
  • Mail comments with the Docket ID number to:

Docket Management Facility 
U.S. Department of Transportation 
Room W-12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE 
Washington, DC 20590-0001

  • Hand deliver comments between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, except on federal holidays, to the ground floor of the U.S. Department of Transportation building, Room W-12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE , Washington, DC .

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