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Driver training rule delayed

Commercial truck drivers in Louisiana should know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a notice on Feb. 1, 2017, that will postpone the effective date of a regulation that establishes national truck driver training standards. This is in response to a memorandum that was issued on Jan. 20, 2017, by the new presidential administration.

The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators was scheduled to become enforceable on Feb. 6, 2017, after its Dec. 8, 2016, publication in the Federal Register. However, the agency has opted to move the rule's effective date to March 21, 2017, in order to be in compliance with an order to federal agencies to halt new rules and to postpone published rules, like the entry-level driver training rule, that are not yet effective.

The order prevents the rules from being enforced until March 21, 2017, 60 days after the Jan. 20 memorandum was issued. In the FMCSA notice, it was stated that the rule could be postponed further still, pending a review by the Trump administration. The rule, which applies only to truckers who are receiving their commercial driving licenses on or after Feb.7, 2017, has a three-year implementation window. In the FMCSA notice, there was no delay mentioned for the Feb. 7, 2020, compliance date. It establishes a classroom curriculum for individuals seeking CDLs. The rule also requires behind-the-wheel training with no minimum amount of time set, which is a point of objection for some trucking industry organizations.

Occupants of other vehicles that are involved in a semi truck accident often suffer catastrophic injuries due to the sheer size and weight of the trucks. If it can be determined that the collision was caused by the negligence of a poorly-trained driver, victims may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for their losses.

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