FMCSA Announces Training Rule “Do-Over”

In a startling turn of events, FMCSA has abandoned a six-year long rulemaking to revise entry-level driver training requirements and intends to start the process all over again.

In a notice scheduled to be published in the September 19 Federal Register, the agency formally withdraws a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in 2007. An FMCSA statement offered little in the way of explanation other than “commenters to the NPRM, and participants in… [recent] public listening sessions, 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.”

The agency said it will now start over with a new rulemaking procedure based on two current research projects. The first is intended to analyze the safety performance of new commercial drivers against “the type and amount of training they received.” The second study will collect data from carriers, drivers and state driver licensing records to “identify the relationship of training to safety performance.”

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