FMCSA Postpones Driver Training Rule in Compliance with Trump Memo

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice Feb. 1, officially delaying the effective date of a new rule establishing national truck driver training standards, following a Jan. 20 memorandum issued by President Donald Trump.

The rule, known as Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators, was set to take effect Feb. 6, following its Dec. 8, 2016, publication in the Federal Register. The agency delayed the rule’s effective date to March 21, 2017, to comply with Trump’s order to federal agencies to freeze new rules and to delay those published but not yet effective, such as the entry-level driver training rule.

FMCSA says in its notice the rule still could be delayed further, pending review by Trump and his staffers. The rule has a three-year implementation window and only applies to truckers receiving their CDL on or after Feb. 7, 2020. FMCSA in its notice did not delay the Feb. 7, 2020, compliance date.

View additional details about the delay here.