Compliance with the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is quickly approaching. As of February 7, 2022, the education requirements will change for an individual who wants to:
- Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL);
- Upgrade a CDL; or
- Obtain a passenger, school bus or hazmat endorsement.
Also changing — the requirements for those who instruct these individuals.
Gone will be the days of obtaining a learner’s permit, driving with a CDL holder for as little as a few hours, and then taking the CDL road test. The process will become more detailed and will take more time than before.
Under the new requirements, an entry-level driver must, prior to taking the CDL 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).
Is your entry-level truck driver training program ready for the new FMCSA requirements?
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The rule prescribes specific topics for each of the five areas of instruction (Basic Operation, Safe Operating Procedures, Advanced Operating Practices, Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions, and Non-Driving Activities). The instructor must cover all the topics listed within each area of instruction. An assessment is then used to determine the driver-trainee’s proficiency. Driver-trainees must achieve an overall minimum score of 80% on the theory assessment.
The 30 topics that must be covered in the Theory Instruction are:
Both range and over-the-road instruction are required. The proficient completion of the behind-the-wheel training is based solely on the instructor’s professional assessment of each driver-trainee’s performance of the required elements of behind-the-wheel training on the range and on public roads. The training must be completed in a vehicle of the same group or type that the driver-trainee intends to use for the CDL skills test.
In order to provide entry-level driver training, a training provider must apply to be listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Training Provider Registry (TPR): https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov/. To be eligible for listing on the TPR, the training provider must follow curriculum, instructor, and facility requirements as outlined by FMCSA.
Theory and behind-the-wheel instructors must hold an appropriate class of Commercial Driver's License (including appropriate endorsement(s)) and have at least two years of experience as a driver and/or instructor. These individuals must also meet all applicable state qualification requirements for commercial motor vehicle instructors.
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