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FMCSA permits CLP holders to drive without a CDL holder in the front seat

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FMCSA permits CLP holders to drive without a CDL holder in the front seat

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that drivers who have passed the commercial drivers skills test but are yet to receive their commercial drivers license (CDL) be allowed to drive trucks only in the presence of a CDL holder in the front seat.
Recently New Prime, part of Prime Inc., a trucking company has requested the FMCSA to allow drivers with a commercial learner's permit to drive without the presence of a CDL holder in the front seat. Instead, they have asked such drivers be allowed to operate when the CDL holder is in the sleeper. This would allow drivers to start work immediately before they return to their home state to receive their license.
The fleet was granted the exemption by the FMCSA, although the exemption is being opposed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) due to safety concerns. The FMCSA argues that if a driver with a commercial learner's permit (CLP) has passed all the necessary skills test, then they are eligible for the exemptions and there has been no proven instance where a CDL holder seated with a CLP holder improved safety.
The exemption will be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, June 27.

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