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For those involved in trucking and looking to upgrade their license or license a driver a new program will be in place soon in which you will have to adhere to. This new program is called Entry Level Driving Training (ELDT) and it goes into effect February 7, 2022.

ELDT regulations set the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This includes those applying to:

· Obtain a Class A or Class B CDL for the first time;

· Upgrade an existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL; or

· Obtain a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement for the first time.

So, what does the actual training or regulation look like?

Once operational, the FMCSA Training Provider Registry will retain a record of which CDL applicants have completed the new training and certification process outlined in the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations.

To be authorized to provide entry-level driver training, training providers must register with FMCSA. During registration, training providers must self-certify that they meet all applicable Federal and State requirements:

· At least two years of experience driving a CMV requiring a CDL of the same (or higher) class and/or the same endorsement; or

· At least two years of experience as a behind-the-wheel CMV instructor.

Only registered training providers will:

· Be listed on the Training Provider Registry website (publicly viewable in late 2021).

· Be able to submit driver training certification information to FMCSA (beginning on February 7, 2022).

Training providers are required to register even if they do not provide training to the general public. Providers may omit their contact information from the public list.

The CDL applicant searches the list of training providers on the Training Provider Registry website, contacts the training provider and secures their services, and successfully completes required training.

The trainer submits driver training certification information to FMCSA electronically via the Training Provider Registry.

· Driver information must be submitted by midnight of the second business day after the driver-trainee completes the training.

· Must be done for each student when that student completes a training program.

The training will be two categories.

Theory Training-

Lectures, demonstrations, computer-based, online learning, etc. No minimum number of hours; trainees must score at least 80% on assessment

Training topics include:

· Basic Operation

· Safe Operating Procedures Advanced Operation Procedures

· Vehicle Systems and Reporting Malfunctions Non-Driving Activities (e.g., Hours of Service)

Behind-the-Wheel Training-

· Actual operation of a CMV

· Takes place on a range or public road

· May not use a simulator to meet requirements

· No minimum number of hours, training provider will determine driver’s proficiency Basic vehicle control skills and mastery of basic maneuvers

To avoid having to comply with ELDT I suggest getting your upgrade to your CDL or hiring of newly licensed driver done before February 7, 2022. And don’t wait until the last minute either. As with everything else what used to take a couple of days to order and receive now takes months. For more information, you may contact:

Bruce Holmes FMCSA Montana Division 406-444-8680 bruce.holmes@dot.gov

OR …. Go to the FMCSA website for more information about the ELDT regulations and the Training Provider registry, visit https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov


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