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January 2020

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14 | Overdrive | January 2020 The Entry Level Driver Training rule is expected to be delayed up to two years by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In response, the TruckerNation organization, which grew out of the ELD or Me group that protested the electronic logging device mandate in 2017, asked to be removed from the agency's "Our Roads, Our Safety" public safety awareness campaign. "Our organization vehemently defends the need for a more robust regulatory approach to driver training," wrote TruckerNation cofounder Tony Justice, who signed the organization's Dec. 11 letter to FMCSA. FMCSA sources say that a delay in the training rule is necessary to build out the information-technology infra- structure to fully enforce the new entry-level standards. It also would allow more time to give the public clarity on just which programs meet the standards through a Training Provider Registry that still has not been released after years of development. The training final rule was promulgated three years ago and was set to go into effect Feb. 7. Presumably it now will not take effect until Feb. 7, 2022. FMCSA last July already delayed the implementation of two parts of the rule — the requirement that trainers upload drivers' certification information into the agency's database, and the requirement that states confirm that CDL applicants have complied with the new training standards. — Overdrive Staff Delay expected in driver training rule PETE FOR TANKER CHAMP Barbara Herman, a driver for K-Limited Carrier Ltd., was pre - sented with a 2020 Peterbilt 579 trac tor at the Nor thern Ohio Peterbilt dealership in Findlay, Ohio. Herman, a 35-year trucking veteran, is the current National Tank Truck Carriers Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year. The new rig is personalized in her honor and features high- end specifications from NT TC members and sponsors, including Cummins, Eaton, Meritor and Michelin. A PROVISION in the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule that requires states to query the database before issuing, renewing, transfer- ring or upgrading a CDL was delayed from Jan. 6, 2020, until Jan. 6, 2023. The Jan. 6, 2020, compliance date remains in place for all other requirements of the rule, including that fleets query the database for all new hires, as well as once a year for all existing drivers. FMCSA said the extension gives the agency time to develop the information technology platform states will use to request and receive Clearinghouse information. THE WOMEN IN TRUCKING Association and Walmart are seeking nominations for the inaugural Women in Trucking Female Driver of the Year award. The winner will be selected based on her safety record and contributions to the industry's image and to her community. The contest is open to any female driver or contractor who has driven one million consecutive accident-free miles. Visit womenintrucking.org. AMBEST, a national network of truck stop and service centers, donated $28,140 to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund, nearly doubling last year's donation. The fund assists truck drivers and their families who are out of work due to an illness or injury. BEAUTIFUL TRUCKS FOR A NEW YEAR This 2006 Peterbilt 379 owned by Steve Schutjer of Woden, Iowa, graces the cover of the 2020 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar, which can be ordered at srcalendars.com. The calendar features 12 drivers who traveled to Trail's Travel Center in Albert Lea, Minnesota, to participate in the annual beauty contest of actively working trucks.

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