The new driver training rule that the industry has been expecting for the last two decades is about to get one step closer to becoming almost a thing that the FMCSA might be ready to propose… someday. The agency announced that it will be conducting a survey of new drivers to gather data that will help to produce a new entry level driver training rule.
According to the FMCSA, an invitation to take the survey will be sent to roughly 82,000 people who will be asked to fill out a survey online. Only new drivers who received their CDL in the past three years will be sent an invitation to participate. Additionally, those drivers will have to have received an inspection in the last 12 months in order to verify that they’re still driving.
The survey itself will take about 15 minutes to complete and will be just one aspect of the research being done to create a new rule. According to the FMCSA’s announcement, “The goal of this research is to contribute to other related research being done evaluating the relationship of CDL [Entry Level Driver Training] to subsequent safety performance of the drivers.”
Though the FMCSA is finally starting to make some progress on creating new driver training regulations, it comes only after a lawsuit was filed against the FMCSA by multiple industry organizations over their failure to supply a rule despite being over 20 years past their deadline.
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