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Driver-Facing Cams Were Removed from The Under-21 CDL Program. Cocaine Was found in Cotton Candy at The Border.

Driver-facing cameras removed from the Under-21 CDL program

Driver-Facing Cams Were Removed from The Under-21 CDL Program. Cocaine Was found in Cotton Candy at The Border.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently made some big changes to its under-21 interstate pilot program. This was done because Congress said so. They want to make it easier for people to join the program.

Now, what did they change? Well, they got rid of two things. First, they said that trucking companies in the program don’t have to use cameras facing the drivers anymore. Second, they said these companies don’t need a special number from the Department of Labor to be in the program.

Why did they do this? Because Congress told them to. They passed a law saying they should make it easier for people to join the program. The FMCSA listened and made these changes quickly. So, what does this mean for trucking companies? It means they have more choice.

They don’t have to use driver-facing cameras or have a special number from the government. But if they want, they can still use the cameras or get the special number. Also, the FMCSA is now letting more companies join the program. They’re even reaching out to companies that tried before but couldn’t because of the special number thing. So, if you’re a trucking company interested, now’s the time to apply!

The choice to eliminate these requirements originates from a transportation spending bill that Congress passed in March. This legislation instructed the FMCSA to take steps to possibly boost involvement in the program, which has seen limited participation up to now. Moving quickly, the FMCSA requested approval to alter the SDAP from the White House Office of Management and Budget in April.

Now that these adjustments are in place, motor carriers already part of the SDAP program are no longer required to use driver-facing cameras or uphold their approved registered apprenticeship program.

Even though these rules are gone, carriers can still choose to put driver-facing cameras in their trucks if they want to. They can also decide if they want to try to get approval for a registered apprenticeship, even though it’s not required anymore.

Also, carriers can decide whether they want to include safety alerts from driver-facing cameras in their monthly reports. But they don’t have to do this if they don’t want to.

The FMCSA is now accepting applications again from companies that want to join the program. They’re also reaching out to companies that tried to sign up before but couldn’t because they didn’t have the special apprenticeship program.

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