New CDL Driver Training Rule Delayed Again

May 22, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is again pushing back implementation of its minimum training standards rule for entry-level commercial drivers.

The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators final rule was published last year to ensure new driver-trainees earn at least an 80 percent score on operations proficiency as accessed by a training provider. When the rule was initially published, FMCSA said the rule would begin in February of this year but President Trump's freeze on pending regulations on January 20, 2017 caused the agency to delay the rule until May 22.

The delayed start for the rule's implementation is now June 5 and will be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, May 23, available for downloading here and the Department of Transportation memorandum is available here. No public comments are requested.