EMA Joins Other Industries In Comments Concerning The Drive Safe Pilot Program

Last week EMA joined other organizations in a letter strongly supporting the apprenticeship pilot program contained in section 23022 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), and urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) efforts to implement the program in a timely manner.

However, we have concerns with requirements submitted by FMCSA to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in its emergency information collection request (ICR) that we believe create unnecessary administrative burdens and may inhibit participation in the program by stakeholders of various sizes.

In order not to discourage robust participation in the pilot program, FMCSA should implement requirements that mirror the statutory provisions, which received broad bipartisan congressional support and the endorsement of the undersigned organizations, and not raise additional barriers.

We believe the proposal will be improved significantly by: removing the registered apprenticeship requirement, and reducing the amount of monthly data employers must provide to FMCSA.

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