The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a change to its Entry-Level Driver Training decide that would make it less demanding for drivers to redesign from a Class B CDL to a Class A CDL.
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), set to be distributed in the Federal Register on June 29, would redesign classroom direction however would not change the in the driver’s seat necessities for overhauling from a Class B CDL to a Class A CDL. It would likewise not change the educational modules for people acquiring a Class A CDL who don’t as of now hold a Class B.
The proposed control evacuates eight instructional units including “non-driving exercises” for those updating from a Class B to Class A. It doesn’t set a required least number of guideline hours, yet the preparation supplier would need to cover all subjects in the educational programs, and learners would need to score no less than a 80 percent on the composed exam that goes with the educational programs.
The instructional units cut from the curriculum for those upgrading are: handling and documenting cargo, environmental compliance issues, post-crash procedures, external communications, whistleblower/coercion, trip planning, drugs/alcohol and medical requirements. FMCSA says these units are identical, except for minor editorial differences, to instructional units in the Class B CDL curriculum. The agency is keeping “non-driving” instructional units on hours of service requirements and fatigue and wellness awareness because it says it believes, due to the nature of work for Class B CDL holders, these drivers will benefit from additional training on these topics.
FMCSA estimates an average of 11,340 drivers would be affected by the proposed rule, which would reduce about 27 classroom hours from the license upgrade.
The original driver training rule, finalized by FMCSA on Dec. 7, 2016, with a compliance date of Feb. 7, 2020, required the same amount of classroom training for those upgrading from a Class B to a Class A as for those seeking a Class A without a Class B. FMCSA says in its NPRM that “because Class B CDL holders have prior training or experience in the CMV industry, they should not require the same level of theory training as individuals who have never held a CDL.”