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February 2, 2017 4:00 PM, EST

FMCSA Delays New Driver Training Rule Because of Trump

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In the agency’s first reaction to a Jan. 20 presidential directive freezing and delaying many new regulatory actions, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials said they are postponing the effective date of the entry-level driver training final rule.

In a Feb. 1 Federal Register announcement, the agency said that because the rule was scheduled to be effective on Feb. 6, the effective date of the rule is being delayed until March 21. However, the rule will not be enforced for three years after it becomes effective, the agency said.

FMCSA said the delay is consistent with the memorandum of the assistant to the president and chief of staff directive to the heads of executive departments and agencies to postpone for 60 days from the date of the memorandum the effective dates of certain regulations that had been published in the Federal Register but had not yet taken effect.

The White House said its “freeze memo” directive would allow time for a thorough review of certain regulations.