DOT delays Obama-era training rules for truck drivers

DOT delays Obama-era training rules for truck drivers
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President Trump’s Transportation Department is again delaying Obama-era training requirements for truck and bus drivers.

The Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the training requirements last December for entry-level drivers, as well as those with more experience who are looking to upgrade or reapply for a commercial driver’s license.

Semi-truck drivers would face 30 hours of training behind the wheel, while school bus, city bus, tour bus and motor coach drivers must complete 15 hours of training on the road.

The DOT delayed the training requirements Monday for the third time since Trump took office.

The training requirements — originally scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 6 — were delayed because of Trump’s regulatory moratorium, which forced federal agencies to postpone new rules, giving the administration more time to review them.

The rules were delayed again in March, and now they have been pushed back until June 5.

The Trump administration has not yet said whether it intends to get rid of the new training requirements. Because the Obama administration finalized the rule, the Transportation Department would have to issue a new rule to remove the old one.