The FMCSA rule of minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial motor vehicle drivers finally launched its online Training Provider Registry in February of 2022. The FMCSA training ensures entry-level bus and truck drivers complete the new training based on the New Federal Standards. Also, they will keep records of all the individuals who completed the entry level training, in order to obtain their commercial driver’s licenses (CDL).
Safety regulations are on the top of the list when it comes to driving, especially on commercial vehicles. That’s why minimum training standards were crucial to educate new drivers in the knowledge and skills to drive safely. “FMCSA believes that high-quality driver training is essential to ensuring that new rivers are well equipped to safely operate CMVs”, says the agency in a video about the rule.
For registration, applicants must certify they meet the following requirements:
*Individuals that hold CLP issued before Feb 7, 2022, aren’t subject to ELDT requirements.
*If the licenses and endorsements on the new rule were previously held, the individuals are not subject to the new rules.
The training includes important topics and theory in order to make sure applicants meet the safety requirements:
The applicants must pass both skills and knowledge tests in order to obtain their CDL, CDL upgrade, school bus, passenger or hazardous materials endorsements.
80 percent of the questions of each test must be correct, and should demonstrate that they can perform all the skills provided by the rule.
After that, the Registry will ask for driver certification information including:
Only one person from each company is allowed to register, however, they can also invite other people from their company to register as well.
Although the rule was initially published in 2016, in February of 2020 it was set to launch. However, it was extended one more year, and it's finally working to improve safety on highways. The primary objective of this rule is to ensure there are qualified drivers for commercial vehicles, lowering accident rates on highways and promoting a better knowledge of concepts and theories that are crucial for driving safety.
Entry-level drivers will be connected to training providers, in order for them to gain proper understanding of the topics and methods to safely operate CMVs. It’s a way to ensure safety which benefits all of us.