National Advocates for the Advancement of New Drivers (“NAAND”) is pleased to submit the following comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) in response to the agency’s request that NAAND members provide further information respecting the relationship between the availability of student financial aid funding and the notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) issued by FMCSA to establish minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial motor vehicle operators (72 Federal Register 73226, December 26, 2007). NAAND is a coalition of accredited private commercial truck driver training schools from throughout the United States offering comprehensive training programs of 600 clock hours or the equivalent credit hours. These private schools and their students are eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant program and are approved for training veterans, active duty personnel, Reservists and National Guardsmen. Since 1985, our programs have trained over 100,000 men and women for entry level commercial driver positions, which positions currently earn first year incomes of $36,000 – $40,000.

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