Driver training committee at halfway point with big decisions to make

By Land Line staff | 4/10/2015

The advisory committee that’s trying to craft a rule for entry-level truck driver training met again Friday, April 10, in Washington D.C.

Land Line Magazine Managing Editor Jami Jones covered the meeting and says the committee’s recommendations could become the rule rather than the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration making its own rule, but only if the members of the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee can agree.

“There are actually two scenarios in play,” Jones told “Land Line Now” radio News Anchor Reed Black.

“The first is if the committee reaches a consensus with no more than three dissenting votes of the 26, then FMCSA will be bound to utilize the recommendation through its rulemaking process. They will take that recommendation, craft it into a proposed rulemaking with the actual regulatory language that we’re used to seeing in the industry, and move forward from there.”

She said if the committee cannot reach a near-unanimous consensus the FMCSA could then pick and choose from the committee’s recommendations and propose its own rule.

In either case, a proposed rule would be subject to public comment.

The two-day meeting in D.C. marked the third of six times the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee will meet. The next meeting is slated for April 23-24.

The committee has agreed to try to work toward having its work completed by the end of its May 29 session and deliver a recommendation to FMCSA by June 15.

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