UPS Asks FMCSA For Exemption From New Driver Training Standards
Washington D.C. – United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) has filed an exemption request asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration (FMCSA) for relief from the new Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule set to take effect next year.
According to FMCSA, UPS is seeking a reprieve from two provisions of the ELDT rule.
The first is the regulatory requirement that its driver training instructors have two years’ minimum experience as trainers and have held a commercial driver license for at least two years.
UPS says if it is not exempted from this provision one in four of its current driver trainers would be disqualified when the new rule goes into effect in February of 2020.
According to the exemption request, UPS claims, “UPS driver training school instructors have, on average, 20 years of UPS experience, hold a CDL of the same or higher class and all the endorsements necessary to operate a CMV for which training is required.”
Further, UPS contends, “All UPS driver instructors are required to be re-certified every 90 days to demonstrate the same skill level shown for their original driver training school certification. UPS further performs internal quality assessments to validate that instructor skill sets are maintained throughout the organization.”
The Federal Register announcement goes even further.
Beyond losing “25% of of its current certified driver instructors, at minimum,” the nation’s largest fleet claims the new rule will make it much more challenging in the future.
“Looking ahead two more years, that number would likely increase to 50% due to its changing workforce,” the exemption announcement said.
Further, UPS said its inability to use its current driver instructors will “impede substantially its ability to meet the demand for new drivers.”
The second provision UPS is seeking exemption from is the requirement each training location have a unique Training Provider Registry (TPR) number.
“In addition, having separate TPR numbers for multiple locations offering essentially the same training could create internal confusion for UPS, drivers and the agency,” the announcement said.
“UPS new driver training may occur at as many as 1,800 separate locations a year. UPS estimates that the cost to register all of these locations would be substantial and that it would incur additional costs to keep track of the various registrations, file updates and new driver registrations.”
FMCSA will be accepting comments on the UPS exemption request through July 19, 2019.
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