FMCSA Waives Multiple Training Requirements for Third Party CDL Examiners
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is waiving specific training requirements for third party commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills testers to allow them to administer the knowledge test.
In a waiver issued on Thursday, April 9, the FMCSA said the COVID-19 outbreak and declared national emergency has resulted in the widespread closures of State Driver’s Licensing Agencies (SDLAs).
Thus, some SDLAs are not administering the knowledge tests to commercial learner’s permit (CLP) applicants.
“Given the public health emergency, there is a public need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment, and persons, which requires an adequate and sustained supply of drivers trained to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV),” the Agency said.
Federal regulations require all CDL knowledge testers to complete a training course covering three specified units of instruction: Introduction to the CDL Licensing System, Overview of CDL Tests, and Knowledge tests.
The FMCSA is waiving these requirements to allow third party CDL test examiners previously authorized by the State to administer the CDL skills test to also administer the CDL knowledge test without completing a CDL knowledge test training course.
The Agency says that waiving the regulations will not negatively impact safety.
It is effective through June 30, 2020, or when the national emergency is over, whichever is sooner.
READ the entire waiver HERE.
The newly issued waiver comes only days after a large trucking coalition of mega carriers, trucking schools, and even multiple trucking media companies urged similar action on CDL testing.
The coalition is led by the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA).
CVTA and its coalition partners requested emergency legislation to allow the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to administer CDL testing in lieu of SDLAs.
The group’s efforts don’t end there though.
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