By Max Fisher, Vice President, Economics and Government Relations
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is delaying the compliance date for its new commercial driver’s license (CDL) training requirements for two years – to Feb. 7, 2022.
FMSCA said the delay will provide additional time to complete development of the CDL’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). The TPR will allow training providers to self-certify that they meet the training requirements and will provide the electronic interface that will receive and store entry-level driver training certification information from training providers and transmit that information to state driver licensing agencies. The delay also provides state driver licensing agencies with time to modify their information technology systems and procedures, as necessary, to accommodate their receipt of driver-specific training data, FMSCA noted.
The new CDL training standards that will take effect on Feb. 7, 2022 will require all individuals seeking a CDL or an endorsement to their existing CDL to take a comprehensive training course designed to improve safety and awareness. Existing CDL drivers will be grandfathered in by the prior CDL training standards unless they seek an upgrade of their CDL [e.g., a Class B CDL-holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P) or school bus (S) endorsement for the first time.]
The training will consist of both classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel driving. Truck driving schools and other self-certified training providers will administer the training course, and FMCSA will maintain an electronic registry of certified training providers. FMCSA estimates that the 10-year cost of the new CDL training standards will total $3.66 billion.
To access FMCSA’s frequently asked questions on entry-level driver training, click here.