A major national trucking company has recently been given an exemption by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for certain federal training regulations. This exemption, which has been granted to C.R. England (a Utah-based company), effectively means that drivers who hold a learner’s permit CDL (commercial driver’s license) because they have passed the CDL skills test can drive a truck and trailer for the trucking company without having to have a CDL holder ride with them in the front seat.
According to federal trucking regulations, without such an exemption in place, drivers with CDL permits would need to have a CDL holder ride with them.
More on the Exemption
The FMCSA exemption for C.R. England will reportedly:
- Be in effect for two years
- Assist the trucking company in recruiting more drivers
- Allow CDL permit holders to drive in team operations without supervision/a driver trainer present
- Not require a CDL holder to be seated in the front seat (though reports have indicated that a CDL holder would be in the vehicle).
Will this Exemption Lead to Greater Risk of Truck Accidents?
While this FMCSA exemption may be good news for C.R. England (and other trucking companies that may be focused on recruitment/expanding operations), it remains to be seen whether it may have greater impacts – particularly on public safety on the roads.
Given that CDL permit holders clearly have less experience driving commercial trucks, it’s possible that this exemption could increase the risk of truck accidents, particularly if these less experienced commercial drivers are in riskier situations that require prompt and appropriate responses (such as when the roads are icy, truck equipment failures occur, etc.).
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