On February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will implement a new regulation, Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT), that will impact how your employees and customer employees can obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The ELDT rule establishes minimum education and training standards for drivers:
- Applying for their initial CDL.
- Upgrading their current CDL; or
- Obtaining a passenger, school bus, or hazardous materials endorsement for the first time.
As of February 7, 2022, an entry-level driver must, prior to taking the CDL skills test, successfully complete a prescribed program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction provided by a school or other entity listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). With the implementation of this rule, the process of obtaining a CDL, upgrading a CDL, or obtaining certain endorsements will become more complex. Current employees with CDL that are not looking to upgrade or change their endorsements will NOT be impacted by this new regulation. This regulation will be followed by all the US’s states.