FMCSA Proposing More Flexibility for CDL Applicants
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a new proposed rulemaking.
Some of the revisions included in the publication would propose easing current CDL testing regulations by:
- Allow commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a trucking without having a CDL holder in the passenger seat. (ie. Would allow CLP holders who have passed the CDL skills test to operate a CMV – for any reason – as long as a CDL holder is physically present in the vehicle).
- Remove the requirement that an applicant must have obtained training in the testing state, in order to take the CDL skills test in that state.
- Eliminate the requirement that an applicant wait at least 14 days after being issued a CLP to take the CDL skills test.
Another major proposed rulemaking would be in relation to third-party testers and examiners. The FMCSA proposes an additional requirement that third-party testers or examiners administer the knowledge test only by electronic means.
More Federal Funds for Truck Parking Projects Have Been Announced
The planned Monday (February 5th) strike slated to begin around 7am, according to Freightwaves, and is in an effort to protest the increase of cargo theft and violence against truckers, or those transporting freight, along the roads in Mexico.
There could potentially be thousands of truckers, that represent various trucking industry organizations, to show up during this nationwide strike – though it is unconfirmed how many actually will show up.
Those affiliated with this strike say they want stricter penalties on cargo thieves, more patrols out on roads that have higher chances of theft, and more support for the families of truckers who may (or have) been hurt or killed by cargo thieves.
Back in August of last year, around 300,000 truckers were planning on participating in a strike and protest over labor concerns, as well as concerns over the increase in cargo theft. Read more about this here.