Compliance

Getting ready for ELDT regulations in 2020.

Trust and quality are the hallmarks of any good organization. As the largest association of commercial driving schools in the United States, CVTA school members are often associated with these two qualities, which is why our school members belong to CVTA. Our members are known for their commitment to students, dedication to quality training, and also voluntarily adhering to our membership standards and Code of Conduct. These standards ensure that our school members will be compliant with the Entry-Level Driver Training regulation (ELDT) when it goes into effect in February 2020.

What Is Changing?

CVTA is leading the way to ensure that its members are compliant prior to February 2020. After February 6, 2020, anyone seeking a Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), along with Hazardous Materials (H), Passenger (P), or School Bus (S) endorsements must obtain formal training by training providers, who are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The ELDT Regulation requires that all schools, employers, or unions must meet a minimum curriculum (classroom, range and road subjects) for Class A & B CDLs, and the above-mentioned endorsements. All training providers must also certify that their student-trainees are proficient prior to sitting for the CDL skills exam, and must also certify that they meet state and local laws and regulations.

Quick Facts

1991

Since 1991, Congress and the DOT have sought to put forth a regulation that requires anyone seeking a COL to obtain formal training before taking the COL skills test.

2012

Congress mandated the DOT to produce a regulation in 2012.

2015

CVTA and 25 other industry leaders were chosen as participants in this negotiated rulemaking called the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC).

2016

New rule issued on December 8, 2016.

CVTA strongly supports the final rule because it:

  • Requires formal training from an approved training provider

  • Sets forth a comprehensive classroom and behind the wheel curriculum

  • Requires individuals to demonstrate proficiency before sitting for the CDL exam

  • Enhances highway safety

1991

Since 1991, Congress and the DOT have sought to put forth a regulation that requires anyone seeking a COL to obtain formal training before taking the COL skills test.

2012

Congress mandated the DOT to produce a regulation in 2012.

2015

CVTA and 25 other industry leaders were chosen as participants in this negotiated rulemaking called the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC).

2016

New rule issued on December 8, 2016.

CVTA strongly supports the final rule because it:

  • Requires formal training from an approved training provider

  • Sets forth a comprehensive classroom and behind the wheel curriculum

  • Requires individuals to demonstrate proficiency before sitting for the CDL exam

  • Enhances highway safety

2020

When fully implemented in February 2020, all states, at a minimum, must require:

• All students to undergo a three-part curriculum: theory (classroom), behind-the-wheel (range), and behind-the-wheel (road).

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

Approximately 30 subjects

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

Proficiency in all subjects and skills

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

All students must score at least 80% on assessment

• All training providers must:

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

Certify students are "proficient" in the skills curriculum before taking the CDL exam

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

Apply and be approved by the FMCSA

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

Be listed on the FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR)

Entry Level Driver Training Compliance

Indicate how many behind-the-wheel (BTW) curriculum hours the student completed

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