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Trump delays new truck driver training rule

On Feb. 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a notice that officially delayed the starting date of a new rule establishing truck training standards in Missouri and across the United States. The move was prompted by a Jan. 20 memorandum from President Trump ordering federal agencies to delay or freeze new rules.

The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators rule was scheduled to take effect on Feb. 6 and was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 8. The rule would set a core classroom curriculum for individuals seeking commercial driver's licenses. It also requires that drivers complete behind-the-wheel training but does not set a minimum amount, which was a sticking point for some trucking industry groups. A previous draft of the rule required a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training time. In addition to a training curriculum, the rule would also establish a national registry of certified trainers to teach all CDL applicants.

Trump's Jan. 20 memorandum barred the enactment of any new federal rules until March 21. The rule's implementation could be delayed again pending review by the Trump administration. So far, the compliance date of Feb. 7, 2020, has not yet been changed.

Truck accidents cause thousands of serious injuries across the U.S. each year. If a truck accident is caused by an unqualified truck driver, injured victims may wish to pursue personal injury lawsuits against the at-fault drivers and their employers. With a lawyer's assistance, it may be possible to prove that a driver is legally liable for a victim's injuries, which could result in a financial settlement that covers medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.

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