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Trump memorandum delays truck driver training rule

Georgia residents may be interested to learn that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice on Feb. 1 that delayed a rule regarding the establishment of truck driver training standards. The rule, which was supposed to take effect on Feb. 6, was delayed by a memorandum from the Trump administration that was issued on Jan. 20.

The rule reportedly sets driver training standards with a core classroom curriculum that those who are seeking a CDL for the first time must pass. Although the rule initially required 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training, that particular provision was removed from the rule's final draft. Additionally, the rule would also create a national registry of trainers who have been properly certified. In order for trainees to receive their CDL, they would have to take classes from a trainer who is listed in this national registry.

Under Trump's order to federal agencies to delay rules that were published but not yet in effect, the agency delayed the rule, called the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators rule, until March 21. However, the rule could potentially be delayed even further. The rule must be implemented within a three-year window and it will only apply to truck drivers who receive their CDL on or after Feb. 7, 2020.

People who are seriously injured in a truck accident that was caused by a poorly trained truck driver could potentially seek compensation for their losses. A personal injury attorney may help such a victim file a lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company. Damages sought could include out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable amounts

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