The proposal, unveiled Friday, March 5, by FMCSA, in addition to the core curriculum and behind-the-wheel requirements, seeks to establish a registry of FMCSA-approved driver training providers. FMCSA’s rule outlines minimum qualifications related to instructors, testing, training vehicles and more that the agency will use to approve training providers for the registry.
The agency is accepting public comment on the rule for 60 days, starting today.
Visit regulations.gov then and search for docket number FMCSA-2007–27748 to see the rule and to file a comment.
The rule will apply to all drivers required to complete a CDL skills test to obtain a CDL and to those upgrading their license from Class B to Class A.
The curriculum for those seeking a Class A license is broken down into two categories: Theory and actual driving time.
The theoretical component includes:
The driving time component of the rule requires operators to spend at least 30 hours behind the wheel before receiving a CDL, with at least 10 of those hours spent on a driving range. How the other 20 hours are received will be determined by the training providers, but the rule does stipulate that drivers must drive at least 10 of them on a public road or take 10 public road trips of no less than 50 minutes each.