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FMCSA introduces entry-level driver requirements

Posted on August 18, 2003

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed training requirements for entry-level bus and truck drivers who hold a commercial driver's license, except transit vehicle drivers. The proposed rule would affect bus and truck drivers with less than two years' experience operating commercial motor vehicles. "These training requirements will reduce crashes caused by entry-level drivers of large trucks, school buses and motorcoaches," stated FMCSA Administrator Annette M. Sandberg. The FMCSA is proposing required training in the following four additional areas: driver qualifications, hours-of-service limitations, driver wellness and whistle-blower protection. The federally required commercial driver license training would serve as a minimum standard that entry-level drivers must meet before they may operate a bus or truck on public roads. The agency estimates that the estimated number of hours required for the new training will take 10.5 hours for large truck and motorcoach drivers. Under the proposal, employers would have 90 days to ensure that all currently employed entry-level drivers receive the required training.

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