FMCSA takes heat for delaying new drivers training rule
Story by:@ FeightWaves
A prominent truck safety group warns that regulators’ decision to further delay new training rules for entry-level drivers could increase the number of fatal highway crashes.
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS), which lobbies on behalf of truck accident victims and their families, blasted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for once again extending the compliance deadline for its Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule. The rule, which establishes new minimum training standards for those applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL), was supposed to go into effect Feb. 7, 2020, but the FMCSA is pushing back the deadline to 2022.
The decision, announced Nov. 26, came after a “careful review” of public comments, FMCSA stated. “This extension is reflective of the Agency’s continued efforts to develop a secure and effective electronic trainer provider registry for the new rule. The agency remains committed to making the implementation of the rule as efficient and effective as possible.”
But AHAS contends that the extension reflects more a lack of commitment at FMCSA.
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