FMCSA will host a webinar on the learning program


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is required to provide a pilot apprenticeship program under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

To meet this requirement, the FMCSA announced the Learner Driver Safety Pilot Program in January. The three-year program helps people ages 18 to 20 explore interstate trucking careers while helping trucking companies hire and train new drivers, the FMCSA website says.

Companies interested in participating or learning more about the program are invited to attend a webinar from 1 to 3 p.m. EST on July 25.

“The program recognizes that safety is the top priority for truck drivers,” FMCSA wrote in a press release.

The webinar will cover topics such as education qualifications, participation requirements, and instructions on the application process.

Participants are encouraged to submit all questions to the FMCSA at [email protected] by July 21.

The deadline to register for this free public information session is July 22.

OIDA comments

When the FMCSA issued a notice regarding the establishment of the pilot program in January 2022, the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association strongly objected.

“When it comes to road safety, the data is clear – young drivers and inexperienced drivers have more accidents,” OOIDA wrote in its official comments.

The Association noted that the program would increase the requirements for trainers, but requested more information on how FMCSA will determine whether or not to extend the program beyond three years.

“What quantitative security measures, if any, will be part of the final analysis? OOIDA wrote. “If accidents and fatalities occur during the program, will they be made public? OOIDA believes that accident review is the most reliable method to assess safety performance. LL

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