C.R. England is asking for an exemption from a rule which dictates that non-CDL holders must be accompanied by a qualified driver trainer while driving. The mega-carrier has submitted an application for an exemption from the rule to the FMCSA who has opened the request up for public comment.
As they currently stand, the rules state that a licensed driver trainer must be on duty and sitting in the front seat at all times while the non-CDL driver is operating the vehicle. This applies not only to driver trainees, but also to drivers who have passed both the written exam and the skills test. It is only the drivers who have passed both that the exemption would apply to.
In their application, C.R. England points to their desperate need for new drivers while claiming that under the current system it is too expensive to get new drivers back to their local DMVs to pick up their newly-earned CDLs. If new drivers and driver trainers could effectively run as a team, it would cut the costs significantly.
The FMCSA is accepting public comments on the exemption application. Fill out your formal comment here.
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