Perspectives On New Entry-level Training Program Requirements (49 CFR Part 380 Subpart F, Et Al)

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Dwayne W.'s Comment
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Hi guys, I plan to embark on my trucking career at the end of next year after I retire out of my current career. So changes coming down the pike are relevant to me. It's a long way out, but I'm definitely set on company training or company-sponsored training. I've narrowed it down to two companies, but since it's early things could obviously change.

The feds have new rules effective February, 2022.

https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=1&ty=HTML&h=L&mc=true&=PART&n=pt49.5.380#sp49.5.380.f

I've perused these rules, and I'm not seeing a big change here at all. There are some requirements for trainer credentials, and documentation, and of course a requirement for programs to be registered, but these all seem like pretty low-bar kinda things. As for the curriculum, this seems like the stuff that I'm already studying. Do you guys see anything here that is really significant from a trainee perspective? Am I missing it? Or am I right that from a practical standpoint this is effectively a tiny step for federal oversight of an already-heavily monitored industry?

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Dwayne observes:

I've perused these rules, and I'm not seeing a big change here at all. There are some requirements for trainer credentials, and documentation, and of course a requirement for programs to be registered, but these all seem like pretty low-bar kinda things

Right. The new regs are to ensure the instructors are trained to a minimum standard as well. I scanned the first part already. But for CDL students, most of the changes will remain the same.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Dwayne W.'s Comment
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Thanks for confirming my suspicions. I'll keep my open for any other unanticipated consequences, but for the time being I'll just continue plugging away and counting the days.

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