The Department of Transportationâ€™s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a new rule concerning truckers who operate on U.S. highways. According to a report on The Journal of Commerce Online, beginning July 20 entry-level drivers operating in interstate commerce must receive training in four areas: driver qualification requirements, hours of service, driver wellness, and â€œwhistleblower protectionâ€ for drivers who question safety practices of employers.
The rule applies to all drivers who began operating a commercial vehicle after July 20, 2003. The mandated training must be completed by October 18, 2004. The rules also require that drivers be given a certificate or diploma, a copy of which must be kept in the driverâ€™s personnel or qualification file.