The goal of the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) mandate is to create safer roads and highways by ensuring truck drivers have received adequate training. This includes ensuring both CDL training providers and applicants meet a minimum national standard.
On February 7, 2022, the Department of Transportation (DOT) will institute new requirements for Entry-Level Driver Training. The purpose of the program is to create uniform minimum training requirements to ensure that truck drivers are taught the same skills and safety procedures prior to obtaining their CDL. The requirements also include new minimum qualifications for driver training instructors. The new requirements can be found here.
How does ELDT impact fleets?
Drivers who meet the following criteria will be required to comply with the ELDT program:
If you or your drivers meet any of these criteria, you must ensure that you obtain the proper training from an approved training provider authorized to deliver ELDT. Fleet managers who hire entry-level drivers should review their drivers’ files to ensure they are compliant.
These rules also apply to companies (including private fleets) who are training entry-level drivers who have not yet obtained their CDL as they must become qualified instructors. You can find more information on becoming a registered provider here.
What is included in the new ELDT program?
ELDT training will include both classroom education and behind-the-wheel training. Applicants must complete the coursework and knowledge assessment. They must also receive their trainer’s endorsement that they are adequately trained on driving skills before taking the formal CDL exam.
Where should I go for more information?
Visit the FMCSA’s website to view statutes, requirements, ELDT curriculum, exemptions, information on training providers, and other frequently asked questions.