On March 8, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the long-standing requirement for prospective drivers to complete an employment application when applying for a driving job. In summarizing its 19-page ANPRM, FMCSA stated that it is requesting “…public comment on the value of and need for this requirement.”
The Agency further explained it’s seeking “…ways the requirement for an employment application could be changed to reduce the associated paperwork burdens for drivers and motor carriers, including but not limited to the complete elimination of the requirement.”
This rulemaking action is another FMCSA step down the Trump Administration’s ‘regulatory reform and relief’ road, and it’s one that will likely have some trucking industry stakeholders scratching their heads wondering ‘why?’ This may be the case for some since FMCSA emphasized in its notice that it is not considering elimination of the background investigation requirements associated with the driver employment process required by 49 CFR Parts 383 and 391 (the CDL and driver qualification rules respectively).
Before further explaining the notice and FMCSA’s thinking, it’s important to make clear that FMCSA’s action is simply an advance proposal. This means FMCSA has not made any firm decision on whether to change or remove the employment application requirement. It is simply considering it as part of a broader, ongoing regulatory reform initiative, and it is asking the industry and other stakeholders for their thoughts and input on the idea.
In this webinar, Dave Osiecki, President, Scopelitis Transportation Consulting LLC & Regulatory Consultant to DriverReach, and Jeremy Reymer, Founder and CEO of DriverReach, will explore:
- The 6 reasons FMCSA provided for why it is considering changing or eliminating the required information and the employment application
- Several of the 11 questions posed by the FMCSA regarding the DOT Employment Application
- And what ramifications this could have for hiring CDL drivers
Date: Wednesday, April 17th
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
This is an important topic that everyone in the industry needs to understand. Make sure to register even if you can’t attend the live event as we’ll send the recording directly to your inbox after the webinar concludes.
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