Establishing a nationalized standard for entry-level driver training, which more specifically would include on-road training has been an ongoing issue within the trucking industry for nearly 30 years.
With the signing of MAP-21 in July of 2012, the highway bill required the Secretary of Transportation to finally issue regulations that would establish minimum requirements for entry-level training. The deadline to do so was October of 2013.
Most recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced its intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking (RegNeg) committee to negotiate and develop proposed regulations to implement Section 32304 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act; the section which addresses establishing the minimum requirements standard.
The Proposed Rule document has been issued with the intent to establish an Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) and is calling for solicitation of applications and nominations for committee membership. The final date to submit an application or nomination is set for January 9, 2015.
As professional CDL drivers, the opportunity to play a major role in establishing such a committee is powerful, especially when one considers other FMCSA committees such as the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, commonly known as MCSAC.
Established in 2006, the MCSAC committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the FMCSA Administrator relating to motor carrier safety programs and regulations. The 20 member committee largely consists of individuals with backgrounds in motor carriers, law enforcement and safety advocacy groups:
MCSAC Committee Members:
Such committees are highly lacking in any representation for the rights and concerns of the professional truck driver. As the FMCSA calls for a process to begin the formation of its Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee, truck drivers can have a major role in nominating an FMCSA ELDTAC member who will represent and speak on their behalf regarding the rule-making process.
Such a role is in direct relationship to the founding principles of NATA: the North American Trucking Alerts. The goals of NATA are Awareness, Accountability and Action:
- Raise Awareness to the issues
- Bring Accountability to the industry
- Take Action toward the concerns
No longer can drivers and the industry continue to talk about the issues as they have done for decades. It is now time to implement solutions for the problems facing the professional driver, as well as the industry as a whole. As drivers are made aware of the issues and accountability to the problems are established, the final step is action.
In taking action toward having a driver representative as a member of the ELDTAC, NATA will be nominating Richard Wilson, President and CEO of TCRG Consulting and Regulation.
Mr. Wilson also serves on the NATA Advisory Council as the Regulation and Compliance Representative. He also regularly attends the FMCSA MCSAC meetings in Washington, D.C. and will continue to do so while representing NATA and its members.
Tune in to Truth About Trucking “LIVE” on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM ET as Richard Wilson joins us as our guest to further discuss the need for nationalized entry-level driver training standards.
As drivers, your comments and nominations for the ELDTAC committee membership is the first step in taking a vital role in the regulatory process. Final date for submission is January 9, 2015 for Docket No. FMCSA-2007-27748 with ID No. FMCSA-2007-27748-0853.
To submit your comments and public nomination connect directly to: RegulationsGov.
To send an official nomination to FMCSA for the Entry Level Committee:
Nominations may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to use the following email nomination as a template:
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From the Desk of:
Allen Smith, Co-Founder
P.O. Box 2628
Dunnellon, Florida 34430
In response to Docket No. FMCSA-2007-27748 regarding the solicitation of nominations for membership of the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC), I respectively submit the following nominee for consideration.
As co-founder of the North American Trucking Alerts (NATA), it is our recommendation to nominate Mr. Richard Wilson to the member board of the ELDTAC, based on his broad and extensive background within the industry, his active involvement in D.C., and his proven track record with concerns for safety, the betterment of the industry and as a supportive voice for the professional driver.
As founder and CEO of TCRG Consulting, a division of Transportation Compliance Resource Group, LLC., Mr. Wilson has been involved in the trucking industry since 1976and works extensively with both motor carriers and drivers in maintaining compliance with DOT/Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. He also is active in assisting motor carriers and industry clients in the following areas, all of which are directly associated and are in correlation with the FMCSA’s intent in establishing the ELDTAC:
- Driver Training
- Driver Qualifications
- New Entrant Carrier Set up and Training
- Costs Analysis and Data Gathering
- Safety Management Services
- Regulatory Interpretation
On regular occasion, Mr. Wilson continues to operate a CMV among his family-owned business, which will further bring a balanced experience to the committee by a member who is a current and active CDL driver. We appreciate the task at hand which the DOT/FMCSA is faced and further appreciate their goal to establish a nationalized standard for entry-level driver training requirements.
Based on the criteria for ELDTAC membership, NATA believes that Mr. Richard Wilson clearly exceeds these criteria and fully supports and recommends Mr. Wilson as a nominee to sit on the board of membership to the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee.
Pertinent information for Mr. Richard Wilson, Founder and CEO of TCRG Consulting, LLC is a follows:
Phone: (302) 495-7095
Fax: (302) 495-7096
Toll Free: (855) 534-7280
This notice of nomination serves as a letter of support as to why Mr. Richard Wilson should be considered for membership and is authorized to represent parties related to the interests for which Mr. Wilson shall represent.
This notice of nomination also serves as a commitment that Mr. Richard Wilson shall actively participate in good faith in the development of the rule under consideration and as affirmation that Mr. Richard Wilson meets all Committee eligibility requirements.
This notice of nomination further acts as a record of commitment in the guarantee that Mr. Richard Wilson does not nor will not solely represent the interests of myself (Allen Smith) nor the sole interests of the North American Trucking Alerts (NATA) for which this submission for nomination is being submitted.
Thank you for your consideration,
Allen Smith, Co-Founder
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