September 2021Vol. 29, No. 3

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Driver training rules go in effect February 7

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Is your agency ready? The Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) go into effect February 7, 2022.

Under the new requirements, an entry-level driver must successfully complete a program of theory and behind-the-wheel instruction prior to taking the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test.

The ELDT Program sets the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This includes drivers applying to:

  1. Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time.
  2. Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL.
  3. Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.
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The new rules support FMCSA’s goal of ensuring that only qualified drivers are behind the wheel of commercial motor vehicles.

To find training providers or learn how your agency can become a training provider, please visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov. You may also subscribe for news and updates.

And stay tuned—Minnesota LTAP will also be providing updates and potential training opportunities from Minnesota agencies and colleges.