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ELDT Final Rule Is Effective

Entry-level driver training is on track for February 2020 compliance date

Posted June 6, 2017

Finally, after three delays, the entry-level driver training (ELDT) final rule is effective!

The final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2016. It mandates the curricula and other requirements that must be followed for training drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles. The driver training rule applies to vehicles that are subject to the commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations.

When a final rule is published, a date – the “effective date” – is specified when it officially becomes part of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In this case, the effective date was delayed three times due to the Trump Administration putting a hold on the rule so that it could be reviewed by the new administration. This hurdle was finally overcome and the final rule became effective on June 5.

The compliance date is February 7, 2020.

This article was written by Betty Weiland of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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