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). The schools and entities that provide CDL driver training are mandated to follow a specific curriculum and meet FMCSA-prescribed standards to be a recognized training provider.
Is your entry-level truck driver training program ready for the new FMCSA requirements?
J. J. Keller’s new manuals will help you meet the new Entry-Level Driver Training requirements for new drivers and the theory instruction requirements.