The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a two year extension on two provisions in the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule. If the extension is granted, the rule will become effective as of February 7, 2022 rather than February 7, 2020.
The purpose of the extension is to provide training providers with additional time to upload driver-specific training certification information into the new Training Provider Registry database and SDLAs more time to confirm that all CDL applicants have complied with the training requirements prior to taking the knowledge or skills test.
FMCSA stated “The agency proposes to extend the compliance date at this time so that SDLAs and other stakeholders can take the proposed delay into account when setting budget and resource allocation priorities.” FMCSA has no plans to propose any other changes to the ELDT requirements. The agency went on to say “This means that, beginning February 7, 2020, training providers wishing to provide ELDT must be listed on the TPR and drivers seeking a CDL or endorsement on or after February 7, 2020, must complete the required training, as set forth in the ELDT final rule.”
FMCSA to delay compliance deadlines for driver training rule