FMCSA extends comment deadline on driver training proposal

Posted on April 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the deadline for comments on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on training for CDL applicants to May 23.

The proposed rule would require all CDL applicants who expect to drive out of state to submit a certificate from an accredited training facility indicating that they have completed 90 hours of training in order to be licensed. For school bus drivers, this training would be in addition to their state-mandated training requirement.

Earlier this year, the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) collected data on training costs for school bus drivers and has since submitted comments on the NPRM. NSTA officials said that based on the association's data, FMCSA underestimated the cost of the NPRM to the school bus industry by $88 million in the first year and by nearly $600 million in the 10-year accounting period.

Moreover, because carriers currently provide free state-mandated training for school bus drivers, association officials said that implementing the proposed rule would substantially increase costs for carriers and exacerbate the driver shortage. For these reasons, NSTA urged FMCSA to exempt school bus drivers from the NPRM’s training requirement.

NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin also commented on the proposal in the latest episode of NAPTV. Like NSTA, Martin said that implementing the NPRM would negatively impact the industry and make it more difficult to recruit drivers.

He argued that while FMCSA believes the proposal will impact a small component of the industry because it is intended for drivers who will be driving between states, the opposite is true.

“At the general, baseline level, we want everyone to be trained the same, so from our perspective that theory doesn’t hold a lot of water,” Martin said. “We’re going to have to train everybody to [meet] this new standard.”

He encouraged viewers to get involved by reading the proposal and viewing the comments that have been submitted thus far.

To read or comment on the NPRM, click here.


Related Topics: CDL, driver training, FMCSA, NAPT, NSTA

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories

VIDEO: Louisiana District Rolls Out Propane Buses

Public television program MotorWeek spotlights East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, which bought 10 propane school buses after flooding wiped out a portion of its fleet last year. Now, the district has ordered 30 more.


Truck Strikes 3 Students at School Bus Stop

According to police in Minnesota, initial reports indicate that the bus was stopped with its stop arm extended, and the teens were hit by the pickup truck as they walked toward the bus.

On Dec. 1, Baltimore County Public Schools unveiled what it calls its Mobile Innovation Lab, a mobile classroom and “makerspace” built on a school bus.

PHOTOS: Baltimore District's Mobile 'Makerspace' Conversion

Baltimore County Public Schools recently unveiled its Mobile Innovation Lab, a mobile classroom and “makerspace” built on a school bus. The lab helps students learn about coding, programming, robotics, and circuitry in a hands-on environment.


When the Going Gets Tough, Reitano Gets Tougher

Whether it’s solving school bus challenges, confronting a state association crisis, or fighting cancer (twice), New Jersey’s Ingrid Reitano has stayed strong for more than 40 years in pupil transportation.


Push-to-Talk Device

DispatchPlus Push-to-Talk is designed to provide one-touch communication and GPS tracking in one solution.


Type A School Bus

The Trans Star, Trans Tech’s new Type A school bus, is a 20-passenger, dual rear-wheel bus that features the company’s signature aerodynamic design, according to the manufacturer.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!