Deadline Looms For New Driver Training Rule


The clock is officially ticking on the next Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance date set to take effect on February 7, 2020, in the form of the entry-level driver training rule (ELDT).

Officially titled Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators, the final rule published by the FMCSA in late 2016 will enact new federal requirements in an attempt to standardize today’s existing patchwork of training curricula that are developed at the state level.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Transportation only mandates four topics for CDL training providers: hours of service, driver qualification and disqualification, health and wellness, and whistleblower protection.

The new rule will require schools and trainers to provide 31 specific theory courses and 19 behind-the-wheel skills courses. Driver candidates must have an 80 percent pass rate in theory courses and demonstrate proficiency in all 19 behind-the-wheel skills required. The ELDT final rule also establishes new minimum standards for theory instructors and behind-the-wheel instructors.