By Max Fisher, Director of Economics and Government Relations
Beginning Feb. 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will implement additional Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training requirements.
The new minimum training standards to be added by FMSCA are for: 1) individuals applying for a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time; 2) upgrades to their CDLs (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or 3) a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement on the driver’s CDL for the first time.
All individuals seeking a CDL or an endorsement will be required to take a comprehensive training course designed to improve safety and awareness. The training will consist of both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving. Truck driving schools and other training providers will administer the training course. In addition, individuals interested in obtaining a CDL or endorsement after Feb. 7, 2020 will be required to choose a certified training provider from FMCSA’s electronic registry.
A list of training providers is not available yet, as FMCSA just began registering training providers in November. To access FMCSA’s frequently asked question website on entry-level driver training, click here.