Safety Coalition Sues U.S. Over Missing Trucker Training Rules

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was sued by a coalition of groups seeking to force the agency to issue stiffer rules for training entry-level truck drivers.  Regulators have missed multiple deadlines set by two laws passed by Congress since 1991.  The complaint, filed by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, is asking a judge to force the agency to propose regulations establishing minimum entry-level training requirements for commercial vehicle operators within 60 days.  U.S. lawmakers are considering ending federal rules governing the work and rest schedule of long-haul truck drivers.  Fatalities in large-truck crashes have increased in recent years, despite a drop in total motor vehicle deaths, the advocacy group said.  The FMCSA issued a rule in 2004 that requires 10 hours of classroom work on topics including driver wellness and hours of service.  That rule is inadequate because it doesn’t require training for entry-level drivers on how to operate commercial vehicles. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety seek a court order requiring the agency to issue a final rule within 180 days.  The organization filed its complaint with Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, a truck safety advocacy group that includes crash survivors.  The case was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (Washington).

Source: Insurance Journal