The start of new minimum training requirements for commercial drivers has been pushed back at least month as part of a government-wide regulatory freeze issued by the Trump administration.
The Regulatory Freeze Pending Review order from the Oval Office on Jan. 20 to all federal agencies temporarily delays implementation of the final rule on Entry Level Driver Training until March 21. It was originally set to go into effect this Friday.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the presidential freeze directive allows the agency to impose further delays "as appropriate."
The current delay is not subject to public comment because to do so “would have been unpractical, as well as contrary to the public interest in the orderly promulgation and implementation of regulations,” the notice said. But a further delay would require public comment, according to the presidential freeze.
FMCSA published the ELDT final rule on Dec. 8 to develop minimum knowledge and skills requirements for prospective school bus and motorcoach drivers. That placed the effective date within the 60-day window governed by the president freeze.