FMCSA Delays Truck Driver TrainingJanuary 13, 2020
To prevent as many devastating truck accidents as possible, it is imperative that truck drivers are properly trained on how to safely operate such a massive vehicle. The Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule will ensure that entry-level drivers who are applying for a commercial driver’s license receive the training they need. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is delaying the implementation of the rule by two years. Safety advocates have criticized the FMCSA for pushing back the deadline, arguing that this could increase the number of devastating truck accidents in this country, many of which result in severe injuries.
The FMCSA announced their decision to delay the rule on November 26 after reviewing public comments. The agency announced that the delay is a reflection of their ongoing efforts to develop a safe and effective electronic registry, and that they are committed to ensuring that the rule is as effective as possible. However, according to the general counsel for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS), the extension shows a lack of commitment from the FMCSA. The Commercial Vehicle Training Association President also expressed his disappointment over the two-year delay. This delay means that nothing will change over the next two years and certain substandard programs will continue to operate.
ELDT Rule Can Help Raise the Safety Bar in the Trucking Industry
For over 20 years, the trucking industry has been in need of improved safety standards. Educating new drivers and preparing them for the field is one of the best ways to do that, said vice president of training program development for Instructional Technologies Inc. However, she expressed that the training provider registry is not available, even though it was supposed to be available by October 1 of last year.
Federal regulators characterized this as a state problem, despite the fact that the states cannot comply with a system that is not up and running. By delaying the rule, there is the possibility that truck drivers will get behind the wheel before they are properly trained, which can have a serious impact on public safety. The American Trucking Association (ATA) and other truck associations do not believe that proceeding with a partial two-year extension is the answer. Doing so would create confusion for schools and prospective CDL drivers and increase the chance of errors and non-compliance.
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