Werner wants pre-CDL drivers to be able to drive team

August 18, 2021

Werner Enterprises (CCJ Top 250, No. 11) has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a waiver to allow commercial learner’s permit holders who have successfully passed the CDL skills test to essentially be able to drive in team operations.

The request asks that the pre-CDL drivers be able to drive a truck without having a CDL holder in the front seat of the truck with them.

Werner says the waiver will help the company improve the efficiency of its operations “by maximizing driver employment during an historic driver shortage.” The company adds that the waiver would create immediate employment and compensation opportunities for qualified drivers and improve “the overall safety of the new driver experience.”