Carriers and Drivers Push FMCSA For Reform
At this point there are no clearly defined standards for CDL training. Carriers and drivers have been pushing for reform, which led to the creation of ELDTAC. Now commercial fleet owners and truckers demand that the FMCSA and ELDTAC fulfill their obligation to create minimum training requirements for people applying for commercial driving licenses.
Moving Ahead for Progress
When the Moving Ahead for Progress in 21st Century Act (MAP 21) was passed, it required that the FMCSA create minimum requirements for entry level CDL drivers. In response to this requirement, the FMCSA created the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC). This committee was to collect information and provide consensus-based recommendations for minimum training requirements.
One Year Later
This committee has been revamping and reviewing standards for over a year without any clear results. In the meantime, many truck driving schools are creating substandard training programs that aren’t properly preparing drivers for safely driving commercial trucks. Students of these schools graduate after only three weeks of training and little to no road experience.
This leaves the real training to the commercial fleets that hire these new drivers and creates situations where there are unsafe and untrained drivers behind the wheel of 80,000 pound vehicles.
This is why fleet owners and drivers are pushing FMCSA and the ELDTAC to complete their recommendations and create the defined standards for CDL training. They are contacting the FMCSA in order to offer their input on what should be included in minimum training requirements.
The FMCSA was created to help establish and enforce safety standards. These standards should begin when drivers receive the commercial driving permit and enroll in a truck driving school. Working with commercial fleet owners and truckers the FMCSA can create clearly defined standards for CDL training that will make the roads safer for everyone. To learn more, contact us.