DOT to delay verification protocol of entry-level driver training rule

The compliance date for two key provisions in a looming federal rule that sets training standards for new truck drivers will be delayed. In a proposal slated to be published Thursday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will announce it intends to delay by two years — from Feb. 7, 2020, to Feb. 7, 2020 — 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 before allowing them to take a CDL skills or knowledge test. Read more

Nominations sought for annual Trucking’s Top Rookie award

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Mike O’Connell Trucking’s Top Rookie Award contest, presented by CCJsister publication Truckers News. Truckers News is looking for the best driver who has been behind the wheel for no more than a year. The winner receives $10,000 and a package of prizes. Nine other finalists will each receive $1,000 and prizes packages as well. Read more

Trucking Alliance continues press for drug testing reforms

The Trucking Alliance, a coalition of some of the country’s largest trucking companies, again on Wednesday called for stricter drug testing for applicants for truck driving jobs, as well as a mandate for speed limiters in heavy trucks and a prohibition on under-21 drivers operating interstate. In comments filed to the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as it begins preliminary prep work on the next federal highway bill, the Alliance said that urine tests — the standard test required by the U.S. DOT for driver applicants — fail to properly screen applicants for drug use. Read more

TuSimple, Arizona community college partner on autonomous driving certificate program

According to Washington-based think tank the Brookings Institution, as many of 25 percent of U.S. jobs are at the mercy of automation. Last year, a study from the U.C. Berkley Center for Labor Research and Education said autonomous technology could eliminate nearly 300,000 driving jobs, with the greatest impact landing across less-than-truckload and parcel segments that historically have offered drivers the best wages. Read more