The trucking industry claims a high toll in loss of lives and injuries because of the massive size and weight of tractor-trailers. Although many safety regulations and practices can reduce the toll claimed by unsafe big-rig operators, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently recognized the importance of adopting minimum standards for entry-level truck drivers. The prospect of young drivers without a certain amount of experience operating a tractor-trailer is a frightening prospect. Our trucking accident lawyers laud the efforts of the FMCSA to establish basic training standards for newly licensed commercial drivers.
Proposed New Commercial License Requirements
In March, the FMCSA proposed a set of mandatory training standards for entry level commercial operators of trucks and buses. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers view these changes as a step in the right direction toward making our roads safer. Drivers seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) would need to satisfy the prerequisite training standards for novice drivers of trucks and buses. Under the proposal, applicants for a “Class A” CDL, which is required to operate a tractor-trailer combination weighing 26,001 pounds or more, must complete thirty hours of behind-the-wheel training program that complies with FMCSA standards. The instruction programs must include at least ten hours of operating a vehicle in this class on a practice course. Continue reading →