Last week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the creation of the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee. According to the FMCSA, the new committed was formed to produce guidelines and standards for entry-level training so that all people looking to obtain a commercial driving license will be required to complete standardized standard. Proper driver training is so important to safely operating these massive machines; if commercial truck drivers are not trained correctly, they can injure and kill people on the roadways. This is a great step forward in ensuring the safety of our roads and highways.
About the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee
According to documents published by the FMCSA:
The Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee, or ELDTAC, is a negotiated rulemaking committee established to develop a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement section 32304 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) concerning ELDT standards for individuals applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or CDL upgrade.
This new committee will be tasked with establishing industry-wide training standards for new commercial truck drivers. As a trucking accident lawyer, I wholeheartedly support that goal: improved, standardized and national training guidelines is a significant step towards improving the safety record of the trucking industry.
The first meeting of the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee is scheduled for later this month, on February 26 – 27 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The meeting is open to the public, and I encourage those interested in this important topic to attend.
As the ELDTAC moves forward with its mission, I look forward to supporting its work. I support the FMCSA on their efforts to improve safety by assuring truck drivers are properly trained to operate these big rigs safely. With cross-interest cooperation, the entire trucking industry can work together to make the roads safer, reducing the number of fatal accidents and improving travel and shipping across the country.