FMCSA Allows Third-Party Examiners To Test CDL Students

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that will allow states to permit a third-party skills test examiner to administer the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills test to applicants to whom the examiner has also provided skills training.

For 4 years, the American Transportation Research Institute’s (ATRI) annual survey has found that the driver shortage being the top concern for the industry.

This new rule is designed to alleviate testing delays and eliminate needless inconvenience and expense to the CDL applicant without compromising safety.

The added flexibility comes at a time when the industry has seen a 40% drop in CDL training due to closures and the remainder are graduating fewer students due to social distancing.

The FMCSA “is committed to helping our economy by reducing unnecessary barriers for those interested in obtaining jobs in the trucking industry,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Previously, a third-party CDL skills instructor who is also authorized by the state to administer the CDL skills test from performing both the instruction and the qualifying testing for the same CDL applicant.

The rule change is effective 60 days from publication in the Federal Register, which is expected in the next couple days. 

What is required before starting CDL training?

  • You need a DOT physical exam to obtain your medical card
  • You need to obtain your CDL permit
  • Motor Vehicle Record (included in our training package)
  • Drug test (included in our training package)

Do you have questions about our CDL training programs, schedules, or experience? Give our trainers a call at 717.496.9145.