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Report on CDL Skills Test Delays (FAST Act - Section 5506)

Goal:

To submit a report that describes, for each State, the status of skills testing for commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants.

Background:

Section 5506 of the FAST Act requires the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to submit a report that describes the status of skills testing for CDL applicants in every State and outlines steps that the Administrator is taking to address skills testing delays.

Summary:

Section 5506 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) requires the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to submit a report that:
  • Describes, for each State, the status of skills testing for applicants for a commercial driver’s license, including:
    • The average wait time from the date an applicant requests to take a skills test to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such test.
    • The average wait time from the date an applicant, upon failure of a skills test, requests a retest to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such retest.
    • The actual number of qualified commercial driver’s license examiners available to test applicants. 
    • The number of testing sites available through the State department of motor vehicles and whether this number has increased or decreased from the previous year.
  • Describes specific steps that the Administrator is taking to address skills testing delays in States that have average skills test or retest wait times of more than 7 days from the date an applicant requests to test or retest to the date the applicant has the opportunity to complete such test or retest.

Outcomes:

Final report

Milestones:

October 2016: Publish 60-day notice of proposed information collection.
December 2016: Review comments received.
January 2017: Send survey to State departments of motor vehicles.

Funding:

FY 2016: $0 (work being conducted internally)

Current Status:

Active—60-day notice of proposed information collection published; comment period closed December 5, 2016.

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Nicole Michel of the Research Division at (202) 366-4354 or nicole.michel@dot.gov.
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017
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