Driver training ideas? Weigh in at FMCSA's listening session

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Have thoughts on what training new drivers to the industry should have? Horror stories from your own training experience that FMCSA should know about? You can share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with FMCSA in January.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a public listening session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST on Jan. 7, 2013, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. The sessions will be held in rooms 207 A and B.

Truck parking is available at the intersection of Caldwell Street and E. Stonewall Street, as well as in the CCC Marshalling Yard, which is just more than 1 mile away from the Convention Center. The Convention Center staff has yet to confirm whether shuttle service will be offered from the CCC Marshalling Yard.

Truck parking map for the Charlotte Convention Center. Click image for larger view.

For truckers unable to attend in person, both sessions will be webcast live. The link is not active yet, but you will be able to access the webcast at this web address: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/HOS-ListeningSessions.aspx

In 2008, the agency proposed a regulation and gathered comments on driver training standards. The agency proposed 76 hours of classroom instruction and 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training. The proposal also explored the need for school and instructor certification.

The agency is bound by a 2006 court ruling that threw out a previous driver training rule – one that did not include driver training. The lawsuit was brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and two other groups.

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