The Trump Administration’s war on regulations has once again delayed a ruling that would set in place minimum standards for entry-level truck driver training.
An executive order calling for a temporary regulation freeze that was signed in the first days of President Trump’s administration has pushed back the DOT’s truck driver training ruling for the third time. The executive order was designed to give the Trump administration time to review and consider pending regulations.
Entry Level Trucker Training Requirement Delayed
The Obama-backed truck driver training rule was published by the FMCSA 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.
However, Trump’s regulatory freeze pushed back the rule until March and now the ELDT training rule has been pushed back again until June 5.
The ELDT training would require that “applicants seeking a CDL would be required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on a driving range and on a public road, with training obtained from an instructional program that meets FMCSA standards.”
If and when the rule goes into effect, all first time CDL applicants will be required to pass an ELDT program. Additionally, drivers who want to upgrade from a Class A to a Class B license, or those who want to obtain a hazardous materials endorsement or a passenger or school bus endorsement would be required to participate in an ELDT program.
Could Trump Kill the Truck Driver Training Regulation?
It isn’t clear whether the Trump administration opposes or plans to replace the ELDT rule. Because the regulation has already been finalized, the DOT would be required to offer an alternative truck driver training regulation in order to replace the Obama-era ruling.