FMCSA Seeks 2 Year Delay Of 2 Provisions In Entry Level Driver Training Rule
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking to delay implementation of two provisions in the “Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators” (ELDT final rule).
On Wednesday, FMCSA declared its intention to extend the compliance date for training providers to upload entry-level driver training (ELDT) certification information into the Training Provider Registry (TPR) and for State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to receive driver-specific ELDT information.
FMCSA’s proposal would extend the compliance of these provisions by two years from February 7, 2020, which is when the ELDT final rule is scheduled to take affect, to February 7, 2022.
The agency says, “This action would provide FMCSA additional time to complete development of the electronic interface that will receive and store ELDT certification information from training providers and transmit that information to the SDLAs.”
FMCSA also says the proposed extension would provide SDLAs with “sufficient time to modify their information technology (IT) systems and procedures, as necessary, to accommodate their receipt of driver-specific ELDT data from the TPR.”
The agency says such a delay is needed due to “unanticipated delays in completing the entire IT infrastructure.”
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Even though the agency is proposing a delay in implementation of two key provisions in the ELDT verification process, it says driver applicants must still complete the training required in the ELDT regulations prior to obtaining any of the following commercial license credentials for the first time: a Class A or Class B CDL; an upgrade to a Class B or a Class A CDL; or an H, P, or S endorsement.
Specifically, the rule requires schools to teach 19 behind-the-wheel skills courses and 31 specific theory courses.
Further, it requires trainees to score an 80 percent on a theory assessment and demonstrate proficiency in the 19 skills tests in order to be certified to take a state-issued CDL skills test.
Driver applicants must also obtain ELDT from a training provider listed on the TPR.
The TPR will be accessible to driver applicants who need to identify a registered training provider that meets their needs.
FMCSA says the comment period on its extension proposal will close on August 16, 2019.
You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FMCSA-2007- 27748.
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