New CDL Rules Make Some Transport Companies Worry
Federal CDL requirements for new truckers will kick in next year, but they’re already prompting questions among cargo companies.
As reported by the American Highway Traffic Safety Association, the updated FDA regulations for entry-level driver training (ELDT) will go into effect on February 7, 2022.
The regulations require new truck drivers to be trained at schools listed on the Registry of Learning Service Providers, which means some of the smaller trucking companies and schools may no longer be a viable option of a trucking school.
The new rules were created to support “the FMCSA’s goal of ensuring that only qualified drivers are driving commercial vehicles (CMVs)” and doesn’t apply to those who have already received a CDL.
The FMCSA Training Material Provider Registry website will launch in February 2022 and will offer training providers the opportunity to get included to the register. The register will also keep a record of CDL candidates who have met ELDT training and certification requirements and will make this information available to states.
Some small trucking companies that have previously trained their new drivers fear that these new rules will prevent them from offering training and become another obstacle for people who want to get into the trucking industry.