FMCSA withdraws new driver training standards

Author: Mike Williams | Posted: 9/23/2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn its December 26, 2007, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed new entry-level driver training standards for individuals applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

The Agency withdrew the 2007 proposal because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the Agency’s public listening sessions in 2013, of which NAEDA participated, raised substantive issues which have led the Agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal. In addition, since the NPRM was published, FMCSA received statutory direction on the issue of entry level driver training from Congress via the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21) reauthorization legislation.

Finally, the Agency tasked its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee to provide ideas the Agency should consider in implementing the MAP–21 requirements. In consideration of the above, the Agency concluded that a new rulemaking should be initiated in lieu of completing the 2007 rulemaking. NAEDA will be watching for these new rules when they are published.