Daily Archives: January 13, 2017

Safety Groups Want Behind-the-Wheel Training Rule for New Truckers

By: Clarissa Hawes, Source: Trucks.com, Originally Published: 1.12.17

Highway safety advocates and independent truckers are frustrated that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration doesn’t plan to require a minimum number of hours of real-world driving for new truck drivers.

A coalition of organizations that includes Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the Truck Safety Coalition and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, or CRASH, have petitioned the FMCSA to include a driving requirement in its recently issued final rule for entry-level commercial truck drivers.

The FMCSA said it didn’t include behind-the-wheel training in its rule because such a requirement didn’t make fiscal sense and its safety benefits were hard to quantify. The federal agency is required to consider a cost-benefit analysis when it issues a new rule.