In 2016, the federal government passed sweeping regulations that could drastically change the face of the transportation industry. These regulations are called Map 21. Now, three years later, the industry waits with bated breath. A recent article from Transport Topics explains that Map 21 has been delayed due to a technical glitch in its online system. It’s coming, but we don’t know when.
One of Map 21’s goals is to improve safety. It’s a huge, complicated federal regulation, but there are three ways it plans to achieve this goal that directly affect day-to-day operations for many companies:
There are many arguments on both sides for whether or not this will be helpful. On the one hand, increasing the minimum experience of an instructor could lead to improved training. However, many feel the new requirements are arbitrary and only hamper growth. Moreover, a clause in the regulation will allow new drivers to be behind the wheel sooner, even before they pass a CDL exam.
We don’t know when Map 21 will be in effect. The prudent course of action is to assume it will still happen February 2020. What should you do to prepare for it? In short, you should double down on your training efforts. We recommend the following approaches:
No one has all of the answers when it comes to Map 21. We don’t know when it will be here or even exactly what it is. However, regardless of what happens, any company stands to gain a lot from improved defensive driving training.
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