New Regulations for Entry-Level Driver Training

The FMCSA has issued new regulations for entry level driver training (ELDT) that will go into effect February 7, 2020. The new program is called “On Ramp Entry-Level Driver Training” created by Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI),  which is expected to save driver trainees and motor carriers $18 million annually. On Ramp ELDT, is an online training, testing and recordkeeping system. On Ramp creates a minimum standard, to help CDL schools meet the new federal requirement.

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), is a training solutions provider for the transportation industry. ITI’s new ELDT key features includes 24 hour access to On Ramp for students, and group training modules. The modules will make it quicker and easier to account for student attendance and participation. One way ITI achieves this is by after showing an On Ramp video in the classroom, students will automatically receive a quiz, that also counts for participation.

CDL Schools must apply to the Training Provider Registry (TPR) through the FMCSA and self-certify their instructors. Instructors are required to have two years minimum of driving experience, a clean MVR, medical certification for classroom, and on the road and private range instruction. Also, in the past there was four knowledge topics required by the department of transportation. Now there will be 31 theory course topics, joined by 19 behind the wheel (BTW) skills, tested along with vehicle inspection skills.

The ELDT establishes minimum training requirements for entry level drivers of CMVs. Anyone applying for Class A or Class B CDL, (also upgrading their CDL), or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for their license for the first time is required to take ELDT. In addition, the ELDT requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or a P, S, or H endorsement issued before February 7, 2020. Please note that the rule doesn’t create any new exceptions, if someone is currently exempt from taking a skills test in order to obtain a CDL, they are not required to take ELDT.