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What are the changes to entry-level truck driver training laws?

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2022 | Personal Injury, Trucking Accidents |

Recent changes to the Entry-Level Driver Training requirements affect any prospective trucker seeking a job in the trucking industry. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes that while some drivers may qualify for an exemption to this year’s updated mandates, most new drivers or those seeking to update a license must now abide by them.

Individuals who wish to enter the trucking or commercial driving industry may want to make themselves acquainted with these updated requirements, which went into effect in February of this year.

A and B class licenses

Class A and B commercial licenses qualify individuals to drive semis, tractor-trailers and other large vehicles that haul freight. New laws require training for several different types of drivers, including:

  • Drivers who wish to upgrade B licenses to an A status
  • New drivers seeking an A or B license
  • Prospective school bus drivers

Drivers who already carry these licenses may qualify for an exemption; however, they may want to check with the FMCSA to ensure they are properly licensed before performing any commercial driving.

CDL exemptions

Some drivers do not have to upgrade their training, depending on the current license they carry. These new laws do not apply to those who already carry an A or B commercial license and may not require additional training. Other drivers may qualify for exemptions based on whether they completed previous training or fall under an exemption rule outlined in the FMCSA Regulations and Interpretations guidelines.

Prospective CDL drivers may want to make themselves familiar with these updated training rules and regulations before they attempt to obtain a license, as many apply to the circumstances of the individual in question.