When the FMCSA’s committee-created driver training rule was unveiled last year, one glaringly obvious element was missing – a minimum hours requirement for behind-the-wheel training. We were pretty surprised by this and naturally hurled some RAZZBERRIES in the FMCSA’s general direction for the oversight.
Now it’s time to hand out some ROSES to California state lawmaker Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, for sponsoring a bill that would require people seeking a CDL to meet a minimum number of hours behind the wheel as part of their training. The bill would require CDL seekers to complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training. And extra ROSES for including Class B license applicants, who would have to complete 15 hours of driving – seven of which must be on public roads.
It’s just plain common sense to require anyone seeking a license to operate any kind of vehicle to spend some actual time behind the wheel of that vehicle. Too bad the FMCSA didn’t seem to agree with the majority of the committee that helped put its rule together.
And while we’re at it, here’s a helping of RAZZBERRIES for any states out there that don’t require minimum behind the wheel training for everyone seeking a license, commercial or otherwise. Would you get on board a plane knowing the pilot was never required to spend any time at the controls before getting his or her license? Of course not. Why should this be any different?
You can read more about California’s bill at Land Line Magazine.