California to require entry-level driver training

By: Jill Schultz

Publication: Transportation Safety Training Newsletter

Date Posted: 01/07/2019

ELD Training Includes minimum number of behind-the-wheel hours

Though not included in the federal entry-level driver training regulation that is set to go into effect on February 7, 2020, a minimum number of behind-the-wheel training hours will soon be required of entry-level drivers in California.

Recently enacted legislation requires that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) adopt the entry-level driver training rules in Parts 380, 383, and 384 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) by June 5, 2020.

California to require entry-level driver trainingAs part of the adoption, Class A and Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants must have a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Ten of the 15 hours of training must be on a public road.

A minimum number of behind-the-wheel training hours were included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed entry-level driver training regulation, but the final rule did not include this provision.

FMCSA’s final rule mandates a behind-the-wheel training curriculum that includes range and road instruction, but does not set a minimum number of hours for the completion of the training.

Proficiency is determined by the instructor providing the training.

California Senate Bill 1236 was signed into law September 30, 2018.

About the author
Jill Schultz - Transportation Safety Editor

As a Transportation Safety Editor, she specializes in both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state intrastate safety regulations, including driver qualification, hours of service, and alcohol and controlled substance regulations.

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