The entry-level driver training (ELDT) rule has been delayed for two years. The new compliance date is February 7, 2022. Though the rule has been delayed, schools and training entities should continue to prepare for this final rule, as the requirements are complex. It will take a substantial amount of time to implement all curriculum, facility, equipment, and instructor requirements.
This course can be used to help satisfy the theory instruction portion of the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements that go into effect on February 7, 2022. To satisfy the theory instruction requirements, this course must be assigned and administered by a school or other entity listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). To satisfy the complete ELDT training requirements, the school or entity conducting the training must provide the driver-trainee "behind-the-wheel" instruction in addition to theory instruction.
Properly handling, securing, and delivering cargo are all tasks the professional driver faces on a daily basis. In addition, all drivers deal with some form of freight documentation. Learners need to know what documents are required and what their responsibility is in handling them when out on the road.
This course is designed to address the importance of properly handling cargo, cargo security, cargo securement, and weight distribution principles. In addition, it will cover the basics of cargo documentation including a general overview of the bill of lading and procedures learners should follow when making pickups and deliveries.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Recognize cargo securement devices
- Explain how to evenly distribute cargo
- Identify how to safely load and unload a vehicle
- Recall the functions served by, and information included on, a bill of lading
- Summarize pickup and delivery procedures
- Practice cargo theft prevention measures
The J. J. Keller Entry-Level Driver Training Module 21: Handling and Documenting Cargo online course covers the following topics:
- The Importance of Proper Cargo Handling
- Principles & Methods of Cargo Securement
- Regulatory Requirements
- Securement Devices
- Cargo Securement Plan
- Principles of Weight Distribution
- Top-Heavy Loads
- Weight Balance
- Safe Loading Responsibilities
- Loading & Unloading Hazardous Materials
- Loading/Unloading Tools
- Pallet Jacks
- Two-Wheel Dolly
- Bill of Lading
- Shipping Papers for Hazardous Materials
- Shipping Paper Accessibility
- Pickup & Delivery Procedures
- Freight Pickup
- Freight Delivery
- Split Shipments
- Interline Freight
- Cargo Theft
- Communicating in Advance
- The Shipper
- Trailer Seals
- On the Road
- At the Receiver
- In-Transit Security Tips
- Resting & Parking
- Parking Shortages
- Strangers Asking You to Stop
Course Length: 20 minutes
Intended Audience: Drivers who are applying for an initial commercial driver’s license (CDL) or drivers upgrading their current CDL.
Regs Covered: Unit A1.5.1 Handling and Documenting Cargo
This unit must teach the basic theory of cargo weight distribution, cargo securement on the vehicle, cargo covering, and techniques for safe and efficient loading/unloading. The training providers must teach driver-trainees the basic cargo security/cargo theft prevention procedures. The training provider must teach driver-trainees the basic information regarding the proper handling and documentation of HM cargo.
Copyright Date: 2019