On March 9th, 2022, the FMCSA is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have authorized States to permit a third party skills test examiner to administer the CDL skills test to applicants to whom the examiner has also provided skills training.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in Dec 2020 a final rule that would have allowed states to permit a third-party skills test examiner to administer the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills test to applicants to whom the examiner has also provided skills training.
For 4 years, the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual survey has found that the driver shortage being the top concern for the industry.
This rule was designed to alleviate testing delays and eliminate needless inconvenience and expense to the CDL applicant without compromising safety.
The prevented flexibility comes at a time when the industry has seen a 40% drop in CDL training due to closures and the remainder are graduating fewer students due to social distancing.
The rule change is now withdrawn as of March 9, 2022.
What is required before starting CDL training?
- You need a DOT physical exam to obtain your medical card
- You need to obtain your CDL permit
- Motor Vehicle Record (included in our training package)
- Drug test (included in our training package)
Do you have questions about our CDL training packages, schedules, or experience? Give our trainers a call at 717.496.9145.