WASHINGTON — On the day it was to finally become effective, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posted a notice in the Federal Register that because of the Trump administration’s regulatory freeze, the effective date for the final rule on Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators has been pushed back to May 22.
The delay will not affect the published February 7, 2020, implementation date.
The original effective date was February 6, 2017, but that date was pushed back to March 21 when the freeze was first announced.
Even before the freeze was implemented, the training rule had had its difficulties.
One of the key tenants among the recommendations from the Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) appointed by the FMCSA was a required minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training with at least 10 hours of training on a driving range and 10 hours on the open highway.
Safety advocates on the ELDTAC thought 30 hours weren't enough but the committee eventually settled on that number. After the rule was published, some truckers, including trainers, commented that the number of training hours was not nearly sufficient.
The 30-hour minimum behind-the-wheel training requirement was intact in the final rule when issued by FMCSA but was stripped from the regulation by the Office of Management and Budget, a source close to the rulemaking told The Trucker.