Entry-Level Driving Training (ELDT) Rule Postponed

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31 Jan 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has postponed the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule to February 7, 2022. This rule has been delayed in order to allow FMCSA and state agencies time to adequately prepare.

FMCSA had previously released a partial postponement to allow the State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) to build an integration into the federal system. The requirement for training providers to register within the Training Provider Registry (TPR) and for prospective employers to verify required drivers have completed such training remained in effect. After a long debate on a full postponement of the rule, FMCSA has announced a delay on the entire ELDT rule. FMCSA needed the time to complete the development of the TPR.

The Training Provider Registry (TPR) will allow motor carriers to self-certify as trainers for ELDT requirements. It will also provide a list of trainers for those who are required to complete the ELDT program. The TPA will hold the certification for drivers in order for SDLA to verify the driver has completed proper training for a commercial driver’s license (CDL), CDL upgrade or required endorsement.

FMCSA is working on publishing the delay in the Federal Register soon. They are accepting comments from the public for forty-five days after the published delay. If you would like to comment, click here.