FMCSA Continues Grappling with Entry-Level Truck Driver Training Rules

When you consider all that has happened in this country in the past two decades, it’s somewhat remarkable to then think about one thing that hasn’t happened.

We’re still trying to establish entry-level truck driver training requirements.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration continued down the long road to creating those standards when it recently approached its advisory committee for help. There have been a number of hurdles that the FMCSA has long had trouble clearing. A federal court gave word back in 2003 that requirements must include on-the-road training in addition to classroom instruction, a mandate that has raised a number of practical questions.

How will FMCSA accredit such training programs? What will be the cost of such a program? And how will new regulations affect the number of people who decide to launch a career as a truck driver?

Those are big questions with important answers. But it’s a bit startling that the FMCSA has grappled with the issue for about 20 years and is still working on creating a clearly defined set of minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial drivers with which all parties involved are content.

If you or a family member are suffering as a result of a crash with a tractor-trailer, charter bus or other commercial vehicle, contact truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman at 419-243-1010. 

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