New head of CVTA focusing on entry-level driver training rule

March 10, 2021

New head of CVTA focusing on entry-level driver training rule. A. Bailey Wood also confident that delays will subside at state licensing agencies with rollout of vaccine Helping prepare truck driver training schools for a major new federal regulation is at the top of A. Bailey Wood’s priority list. Wood is taking over as president and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA) from Don Lefeve.

“Obviously the first issue in terms of the association’s priorities is implementation of the entry-level driver training [ELDT] rule, and making sure the states are ready for it as well as the industry,” Wood told FreightWaves. “We’ve had several webinars and are planning to hold more. We’ll be reaching out to the truck driver school industry and make sure they’re up to speed.”

The ELDT rule, which sets minimum standards for general knowledge and behind-the-wheel training, was scheduled to go into effect last year after an initial delay from 2017. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) extended the rule’s compliance deadline to Feb. 7, 2022, however, to give the agency more time to develop the rule’s Training Provider Registry (TPR), and more time for state driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) to modify their IT systems to coordinate data with the TPR.

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