FMCSA proposes training for entry-level drivers

| Friday, August 29, 2003

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently proposed new training requirements for entry-level truckdrivers who hold a CDL but who have less than two years' experience operating commercial vehicles.

The proposal calls for required training in driver qualifications; HOS limitations; driver wellness; and whistle-blower protection. The proposed ruling says drivers with one to two years' experience operating a CMV with a CDL and who have a good driving record would not be required to take the training.

"Although the proposal does not specify a required number of hours for the new training, the agency estimates that it will take approximately 10.5 hours for large trucks," FMCSA said.