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New Training Requirements for CDL Drivers

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has established new training requirements for new truck drivers, to be fully implemented by February 2020.  The law will go into effect on February 6, 2017 and creates a three-year period in which drivers and trainers can come in compliance with the new law.  There will be a classroom component as well as behind-the-wheel training, with a listing of trainers approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct the training programs.  This will cost the trucking industry $366 million annually, but the FMCSA believes these costs will be offset by the benefits to the industry that are expected to come from more efficient and safe truck operations, along with lower maintenance and repair costs.  This new rule will only apply to new drivers obtaining their CDL after February 2020.

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