Bronx, NY- Driver training is necessary, but it may surprise you to find out that until recently there were no federal training requirements for truck drivers. Finally, after years of delays, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced new rules dictating what kind of requirements a truck driver should have.
The FMCSA announced the new rules on December 7, 2016. They will take effect on February 6, 2017. The trucking industry has until February of 2020 to be in compliance with training rules.
What are the new truck driver training requirements?
Commercial driver’s license applicants must demonstrate their knowledge and behind-the-wheel abilities on a driving range and a public street to complete the CDL program. There are no required minimum number of hours a CDL applicant must spend behind the wheel, but trucking companies must make sure a CDL applicant is proficient in all aspects of training before they are allowed to complete the CDL program.
CDL students must complete behind the wheel training that meets the FMCSA’s proficiency standards and must pass written assessments with a minimum score of 80 percent. Students must show they are skilled vehicle operators before they take the CDL exam.New training rules are skilled-based and ensure drivers have behind-the-wheel training before they take the written CDL test.
Training is mandatory in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and applies to first-time CDL applicants, CDL holders who want to upgrade their license.
Drivers must receive training from a training program that meets FMCSA standards.
ATA Executive Vice President of Advocacy Bill Sullivan told Trucking Info, “Today’s rule is a victory for common sense and for safety.”
One rule left out of the training would require at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Training rules will create consistency and ensures truck drivers are skilled enough to be in charge of a commercial truck which can up to 80,000 pounds. A driver training program gives a driver the skills to deal with any road condition and react in an emergency.
While improved driver training will make the roads safer, it won’t prevent all truck accidents. Even well-trained and experienced drivers make mistakes and cause a truck wreck. If you were hurt by a negligent truck driver, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a truck accident lawyer in Bronx, New York.
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