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Is your entry-level truck driver training program ready for the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements?

Compliance with the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule is quickly approaching. Starting Feb. 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 are 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.

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).

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