More Behind the Wheel Training for Novice U.S. Truck Drivers

U.S. authorities are considering a new approach to heavy vehicle driver training with increased on-the-road training time a key priority.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed more stringent national training requirements for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators, including up to 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training for semi-trailer drivers and 15 hours for rigid trucks and buses.

The American Trucking Associations has supported the proposal, but would like to see the training method linked more with performance and ability, rather than just a mandatory amount of training time.

While the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association Executive Vice President, Todd Spencer, also gave the proposed training model in principle support.

“We are still reviewing the rule and will likely have some questions for clarification on some provisions.

“However, in general, we view the proposal positively and are encouraged to see the agency continue to make strides toward a final, solid rule.”

The U.S. Congress will now consider the recommendation before voting on whether to make it applicable in all 50 states.

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Kate Richards

Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!