FMCSA proposes training rules for drivers of large trucks

Posted on March 7, 2016

Driving a large commercial truck is a complex task. Like most complex tasks, a person being properly trained for it can be a very important element in them being able to perform it safely. This is why how much training 18-wheeler drivers have matters so much.

Currently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering a proposed rule which would create some standards regarding training for drivers of certain large commercial vehicles.

This includes drivers of large commercial trucks, as one of the sets of training requirements in the proposed rules would be for individuals seeking to get a Class A commercial drivers license (whether this would be a new license for them, an upgrade from a different class of license or a regaining of license following disqualification). To drive an 18-wheeler that is 26,001 pounds or more in weight, this class of license is generally required. Under the proposed rule, to qualify to receive such a license, a driver would have to have no fewer than 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training, with at least 10 hours of this training time spent on a driving practice range.

If this proposed rule ultimately ends up being adopted, it would be awhile before it took effect. As things currently stand, its effective date would be three years following the date of final adoption.

What do you think of these proposed training rules? What sorts of measures do you think would help best ensure only properly trained drivers get behind the wheel of 18-wheelers?

When an 18-wheeler accident occurs, what training the truck driver had and what measures the truck company the truck belonged to took to ensure the driver was properly trained are among the factors that can contribute to who could be held liable for the crash. Evidence regarding truck driver training is among the types of evidence experienced truck accident attorneys can help 18-wheeler collision victims look into.

Source: Business Insurance, “Safety-related training proposed for truck, bus, motor coach drivers,” Sheena Harrison, March 4, 2016