Getting Ready for ELDT: Deadline Looms for New Driver Training Rule

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators will enact new federal requirements in an attempt to standardize today's existing patchwork of training curricula that are developed at the state level. The final rule puts the onus on commercial driver's license (CDL) schools, as well as carriers with in-house CDL training programs, to self-certify in a yet-to-be-deployed Training Provider Registry (TRP) and to overhaul entry-level driver training courses. Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation only mandates four topics for CDL training providers: hours of service, driver qualification and disqualification, health and wellness, and whistleblower protection. The new rule will require schools and trainers to provide 31 specific theory courses, as well as 19 behind-the-wheel (BTW) skills courses, and driver candidates are required to have an 80% pass rate. The entry-level driver training final rule, which takes effect on Feb. 7, 2020, also establishes new minimum standards for both theory instructors and BTW instructors. Some caution that schools providing CDL training may be unwilling or unable to meet the new requirements, which could exacerbate the driver shortage faced by the industry.

Commercial Carrier Journal - Jeff Crissey 5/13/2019

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