ELDT and What It Means When Getting Your CDL

It's vitally essential for truck drivers to maintain a high level of safety when they're transporting freight, whether their journey is two miles or two thousand miles. Until now, each state has had its own commercial driver's license training requirements, so there have been no consistent safety standards for new truck drivers in the United States. All of that will change on February 7, 2022

To ensure that new drivers meet a standard level of safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) mandate. The ELDT establishes a uniform national benchmark to ensure all new drivers have the same safety skills regardless of their licensed state, the school or CDL training program where they learned to drive. 

What is FMCSA's Entry Level Driver Training?

The ELDT mandate is a federal requirement for entry-level commercial truck driver training, which means that all CDL training providers must abide by these standards when providing training for new students. ELDT training is divided into two parts; theory (taught in the classroom) and skills training (taught behind the wheel).

To demonstrate proficiency in the skills and knowledge of the ELDT, students must score a minimum of 80 percent on the theory assessment. In addition, students cannot qualify for the CDL exam until they've received training behind the wheel and have also earned a trainer's endorsement stating that they are proficient in the CDL skills. 

Are All Training Providers Able to Train New Drivers on ELDT Skills? 

In order to train drivers on the new ELDT skills, truck driving schools and cdl training programs must be registered with the FMCSA. The only CDL training providers qualified to provide this training are those that can be found on the FMCSA website: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov 

When Does the ELDT Go into Effect?

The final ELDT rule goes into effect on February 7, 2022

How Will the ELDT Impact Me as a Truck Driving Student?

Only those students seeking their commercial driver's license will be affected. To be able to test for and be issued a commercial driver's license, you will have to attend a training course with a training provider listed on the federal registry. To learn more about ELDT and the registry, visit: https://tpr.fmcsa.dot.gov

Who is Exempt From ELDT?

This mandate affects new drivers getting their CDLs and drivers who are upgrading from a Class B to a Class A CDL or adding one of the following endorsements for the first time: Passenger (P), HAZMAT (H), and School Bus (S). Only drivers who already hold their CDLs or have endorsements before February 7, 2022 will not be affected by the new ELDT rules.

Why Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)?

The ELDT is designed to ensure that all entry-level drivers receive consistent, quality safety training and meet safety requirements before obtaining their CDL. The ultimate goal of the rule is to make roads safer. In addition, as new generations of drivers are trained to meet the ELDT requirements, more drivers on the road will have proper safety training.

How Does the ELDT Mandate Impact Roehl's Popular CDL Training Program?

Roehl is a registered training provider on the Training Provider Registry (TPR). Starting on February 7, 2022, Roehl will begin transmitting all-new entry level driver training records and certifications to the TPR. Our training program will continue to operate through the rule's start date and beyond. All students who receive their training through Roehl are guaranteed to receive the most up-to-date training compliant with all FMCSA rules. 

How Can Drivers Seeking Their CDL Ensure They are Getting the Proper Training?

Drivers seeking their CDL can ensure they get the proper training by going to the TPR and making sure that the provider they are thinking of choosing is listed as a registered training provider. It is critical that your CDL training provider is on the TPR. If your CDL training provider is not on the TPR, you will not be allowed to test for your CDL. One of the best ways to get your CDL for free is through Roehl Transport. Roehl has been training new truck drivers for 30 years, and Roehl is on the TPR, so you can get your CDL training through Roehl’s on-the-job training program, where you are hired on the first day and getting your CDL is part of your job.

Roehl Transport is one of North America’s safest and most successful trucking companies. Safety is our Cornerstone Value, and we’ve won the American Trucking Associations ‘(ATA) President’s Trophy (Trucking’s Top Honor) four times! All drivers who get paid while they get their CDL through Roehl are taught the Roehl Way of Protective Driving – the trucking industry’s most advanced safe driving program. Because Roehl drivers are taught the Safe 7 driving technique and hold safety as a value, they drive to protect others. 

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