The FMCSA has announced that it will delay the effective date on the final rule for the “Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators” in order to comply with a temporary regulation freeze issued by the Trump administration.
The Obama administration-backed truck driver training final rule was published on December 8, 2016, and was scheduled to go into effect on February 6, 2017. Per the rule, CDL applicants are required to complete an “Entry-Level Driver Training” (ELDT) programs that met minimum federal standards established by the FMCSA.
Perhaps the most controversial part of the regulation is the fact that it does not establish a minimum number of hours that an applicant must spend behind the wheel before they obtain a CDL.
The day that President Trump took office, January 20, he signed an executive order that temporarily froze pending regulations in order to provide opportunity for further review and consideration. That temporary freeze pushed back the final rule effective date for the ELDT regulation effective date to May 22, 2017.
You can read more about the Entry-Level Driver Training Final Rule here.