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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 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 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:

Pursuant to Section 5506 of the FAST Act, FMCSA is currently working to develop 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:

Completed:

October 2016: Publish 60-day notice of proposed information collection
December 2016: Review comments received
April 2017: Publish 30-day notice
April 2017: OMB receipt of ICR package for review
August 2017: OMB approval of ICR package
September 2017: Send survey to States
October 2017: Data collection ends
January 2018: Final report drafted
February 2018: Final report published

Funding:

Project was done in-house.

Project Manager:

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

Contractor:

In-house  

Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018
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