The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued a press release about the Final Rule on National Training Standards for New Truck and Bus Drivers. The FMCSA has just announced their Final Rule on comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) or certain professional endorsements. These standards are aimed at addressing the necessary and critical knowledge and skills associated with safe operation of large commercial vehicles. This will establish the minimum qualifications for entities and individuals who provide training for entry-level drivers.
Minimum Standards for Entry-Level Commercial Drivers
These standards were a top priority for former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The rulemaking committee involved with these standards consisted of 25 industry stakeholders and various FMCSA representatives. Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), these comprehensive training requirements and minimum standards will help to improve commercial driving safety and efficacy on U.S. roadways. The FMCSA is hoping to see improvements in safety, industry-wide performance, and reductions in injury-causing and fatal crashes, as well as in vehicle maintenance costs and fuel consumption and emissions.
Moving Forward With New Training Standards
The new standards will apply to all first-time CDL applications for “Class A” and “Class B” CDLs. The entry-level commercial truck and bus driving final rule went into effect on February 6, 2017, with a compliance date of February 2020. Entry-level drivers in training will need to complete a course that meets all qualifications set forth by the final rule. Entities providing driver training for motor carriers, semi-trucks, school districts, independent training schools and individuals who operate training programs will need to show compliance with all new requirements involving training standards and minimum qualifications for new drivers.
San Diego Truck Accident Lawyer
Since commercial trucking vehicles are so much larger and heavier than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, it’s important to ensure all drivers are trained to comprehensive minimum safety standards. Truck drivers and trucking companies have additional federal safety regulations to follow in order to safely operate on roadways in California and across the U.S. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the experienced Truck Accident team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.