The final rule is here and it differs greatly from the past entry-level driver training rule. Download this free whitepaper to find out how your driver training program will be impacted.
Jill Schultz, Sr. Editor - Transportation Safety
September 27, 2021
Compliance with the new entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements is right around the corner — specifically, February 7, 2022. As this date approaches, carriers are scrambling to ensure compliance. In this mad dash to the finish line, we are receiving many questions related to the requirements for becoming an ELDT instructor. The following are the top three.
Theory and behind-the-wheel instructors must hold an appropriate class of commercial driver’s license (CDL), including appropriate endorsement(s), and have either:
If the instructor’s CDL has been cancelled, suspended, or revoked due to any of the disqualifying offenses identified in §383.51 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), the instructor is prohibited from engaging in theory or behind-the-wheel instruction for two years following the date the CDL is reinstated.
Also, theory and behind-the-wheel instructors must meet all applicable state qualification requirements for commercial motor vehicle instructors.
There is an exception to these requirements for theory and behind-the-wheel range instructors who no longer possess a CDL but have possessed a CDL previously.
Individuals who previously held a CDL of the same or higher class, with the appropriate endorsement(s) for the vehicle they are providing instruction on, may provide theory and/or behind-the-wheel range training. This exception does not apply to training on public roads.
Also, note that though there is an exception, these individuals must meet all applicable state CMV instructor requirements.
No, there isn’t a separate registration requirement for entry-level driver training instructors. Instructors are included on the school’s or other training entity’s application to be listed on the TPR.