Two Year Delay on Parts of the New ELDT Rule
FMCSA has issued a partial extension to the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule that is to go into effect February 7, 2020. FMCSA stated in the Federal Register, “The proposed two-year extension would delay the date by which training providers must begin uploading driver-specific training certification information into the Training Provider Registry, an electronic database that will contain entry level driver training information.” It will also delay state agencies verifying the completion of the training program.
The requirement for drivers to complete the ELDT prior to taking the skills or knowledge test and the requirement for agencies to self-certify as a teaching agency are still set to begin February 7, 2020. However, with the new extension for state agencies, FMCSA is aware of the issues that could arise with test being administered without the completion of the ELDT requirement.
According to a spokesman with FMCSA, “FMCSA anticipates seeking an extension of some provisions of the ELDT rule in order to gather additional feedback from the states and make the implementation as effective as possible.”
It was said that there are technical issues in transmitting the information from the self-certified program administrators to the state licensing agencies and FMCSA.
FMCSA plans to continue implementing the rule with the effective date of February 7, 2020, however, how the state licensing agencies will verify completion of the training program could change until the system issues have been resolved.
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