The day after the Ontario government reinforced its commitment to pursue mandatory entry level training standards north of the border, a 26-member Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee began proceedings in Arlington, Va. to negotiate the terms of a proposed made-in-the-USA rulemaking for pre-CDL entry-level driver training requirements.
As reported by CCJ magazine, June 15 is the committee’s “very, very, very ambitious” self-imposed deadline to finalize and submit a report to FMCSA.
More than 20 years have passed since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was originally tasked by Congress with developing some form of training requirements, the article points out. The agency is also already well beyond the October 2013 Final Rule deadline set by the 2012 MAP-21 highway bill.
The agency hopes to release a training Notice of Proposed Rulemaking within the calendar year.
The committee’s final product will outline what should be in the training rule “with supporting analysis” explaining the options. A cost-benefit analysis supporting the rule would also be a necessary part of the deliberations .
Four more meetings of the committee are scheduled for the next few months: March 19-20, April 9-10 and 23-24, and May 14-15 and 28-29.
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