California bill would add to FMCSA’s new driver training standards rule

January 26, 2017
The California bill would require CDL applicants to perform 30 hours of behind the wheel training before receiving their CDL.
California is considering a measure that would require 30 hours of driving for a Class A CDL and 15 hours for a Class B license.
State Sen. Bill Monning introduced SB 158 on Jan. 19, which also incorporates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule for CDL minimum training standards. The Democrat legislator’s bill implements a 2012 federal mandate that CDL applicants complete a certified instruction course before receiving the license.
The bill calls for 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training, requiring 10 hours at an off-highway facility and 10 hours must be on public roads. A Class B license calls for 15 hours of driving training, of which 7 must be on public roads. It also mandates that the state comply with the federal rule by Feb. 7, 2020.