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New Rule Requires 30 Hours of Driving Time for Entry Level Training

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Entry level truckers will soon be required to complete 30 hours of training.

On March 8th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was set to publish the proposed rule which would change CDL requirements. If made final, this rule will make it necessary for new truckers to complete a core training curriculum before receiving their CDL. This curriculum includes many changes, as well as the new rule that entry level truckers have at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training before being issued a CDL.

When Will This New Rule Be Taken Into Effect?

The Entry Level Driver Training rule would be implemented three years after its final publication in the Federal Register. Its final publication will come after the agency takes public comment for 60 days and makes and changes to this new rule based on whatever feedback they receive. This edited proposal would have to be approved by the DOT and White House’s Office of Management and Budget before being officially published. Only after all of these steps have been taken would the three-year countdown to its official implementation begin.

What Is Included In These Stipulations Other Than The 30 Hours Of Driving Time Rule?

The curriculum for entry level drivers seeking a Class A license is broken into two main categories. The actual driving time rule stipulates that each entry level driver should have 30 hours of driving time behind the wheel of a truck, with at least 10 of these spent on a driving range. The theory category includes a range of knowledge. This component includes: required training on basic vehicle controls and instruments,  basic operation of a vehicle, how to perform a vehicle inspection, controlling a vehicle under various traffic and road conditions, how to back and shift a vehicle, hours of service, handling cargo, crash procedures, fatigue awareness, vehicle maintenance, vehicle violations, and trip planning.

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