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Truck driver training rule delayed

Illinois drivers may be interested in learning that a truck driver training rule that was set to go into effect on Feb. 6 was delayed by the Trump administration. The agency responsible for implementing the rule has postponed its effective date until March 21 so that it could be reviewed, potentially delaying it even further.

The rule would require people applying for commercial driver's licenses, or CDLs, to take a core class curriculum taught by certified trainers listed on a national registry. In addition to the class curriculum, trainees would also have to undergo behind-the-wheel training, though there is no minimum requirement. The first draft of the rule did include a 30-hour minimum, but this provision was removed from the rule's final draft. The national registry would still have to be established, and once it is, trainees would only be able to receive their CDLs by taking classes taught by trainers that are listed on the registry.

The rule, called the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators, has a three-year implementation window. It will only apply to people applying for CDLs on or after Feb. 7, 2020. The delay in the implementation of the rule will not cause the compliance date to change.

A trucking accident caused by an improperly trained truck driver can result in serious injuries. If a person is injured in a truck accident, a personal injury attorney may help him or her to file a lawsuit against responsible parties. If the truck driver was on the clock when the accident occurred, a lawyer may name the driver and his or her employer as defendants in a lawsuit. The attorney may also provide evidence that shows that the driver was not properly trained, under the influence or driving recklessly.

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