Entry Level Driver Training 

Recently, the FMCSA announced that the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule would be taking effect starting on February 7th, 2023. The ELDT rule affects the new driver training process and is part of the FMCSA’s efforts to continue improving road safety. For this reason, it’s crucial to get a good idea of why these standards are important, as well as the changes that will occur when this rule goes into effect.

What is the ELDT rule?

The new ELDT rule is the first time that the FMCSA is establishing standards for entry-level driver training processes. It sets minimum Federal requirements for new driver training that have to be completed before these drivers are permitted to apply for certain CDL exams, such as the initial Class A or Class B CDL; upgrade current a CDL; or seek a hazardous materials endorsement for the first time. 

The required training must be completed by an FMCSA-approved provider from the Training Provider Registry database. This database requires that any organization partaking in CDL training register and self-certify that their training program follows the new Federal guidelines.

The training covers an extensive list of skills and knowledge on vehicle operation, including, but not limited to:

  • Basic operation of a vehicle
  • Vehicle control systems and dashboard instruments
  • Pre and Post-trip inspections
  • Backing and docking
  • Roadside inspections
  • Distracted driving
  • And hours of service

Following these new guidelines is the best way to ensure that your drivers and your company stay compliant with safety regulations, keeping the roads safe. Following these regulations will also help you do the best job of avoiding potential accidents that would only add to your paperwork and insurance premium. Here at Simplex, our services can help you make sure that your practices are in line with FMCSA safety regulations, taking the stress from this off your plate.