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New rule could impact Georgia truck drivers

On March 7, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was scheduled to propose a new rule that would require core training for drivers before getting their commercial driver's license. The Entry Level Driver Training rule is now subject to a 60-day comment period before it would then be submitted to the DOT and the Office of Management and Budget. If the rule is approved, it would take effect three years after being published in the Federal Register.

Key components to the rule include a requirement for drivers to spend 30 hours behind the wheel before getting their license. Training providers would be required to add themselves to a FMCSA registry. To become part of the registry, it would have to meet FMCSA requirements related to its instructors, how it tests drivers and the vehicles used to train drivers.

Two groups of drivers will be impacted by the rule, which are any drivers required to pass a skills test to get a CDL or those wishing to move up from Class B to Class A. Those seeking to get a Class A license would be required to pass both a theoretical component and a driving time component of their training course. The theoretical section would focus on the components of a truck and how to use and inspect them.

Those who are involved in truck accidents could suffer serious injuries as well as damage to property. In the event that the accident was caused by truck driver fatigue or a failure to abide by federal trucking regulations, an attorney could assist an injured victim in seeking compensation from the driver and the trucking company.

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