Does your entity provide training to drivers applying for a Commercial Driver License (CDL)? Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements are changing for drivers who will operate commercial motor vehicles and will be subject to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations. This change will impact entities that provide ELDT as well as drivers who are trying to obtain their CDL.
Beginning February 7, 2022, any entity that plans to provide Entry Level Driver Training will be required to register in the FMCSA’s Training Provider Register (TPR). This will include any entity that plans to perform this type of training for new or current staff, as well as those entities that may offer this training as a service to the public. Along with this registration, each entity will self-certify that they meet the minimum requirements for providing ELDT. These requirements can be found in 49 CFR Part 380 Subpart G, and can be accessed by using this link.
The process of registering for the TPR is very straightforward. The FMCSA has a webpage that is dedicated to the registration process, which also includes a recorded Q&A session which discusses the TPR and other requirements for ELDT. The FMCSA has also created this set of slides which outline the rule for this type of training, the TPR and the different requirements associated with ELDT.
Each entity is also responsible for reviewing their state and local regulations that may apply to this type of training. For instance, in California, SB-1236, which became effective June of 2020, requires that all those applying for a CDL must have 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Any entity planning on performing Entry Level Driver Training after February 7, 2022 should review the links above in order to properly register into the TPR and ensure compliance. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the PRISM Risk Control department.