Despite claiming victory on their Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule a month ago, the FMCSA has announced that it will delay the implementation of the rule for at least two years. This announcement comes just days before the rule was supposed to go into effect.
Congress has been asking for more strict driver training requirements for new truckers since the 1980s. More recently, they asked again in 2007, 2012, and 2015. An ELDT rule is expected to have significant safety benefits and enjoys almost universal support in the industry. This particular ELDT rule however is mostly toothless, and yet the FMCSA has still missed their implementation deadline multiple times.
The rule in its current form has been on the verge of implementation since February 6th, 2017. Since then it’s been pushed at least five times. Most recently, the rule was supposed to go into effect on February 7th, 2020. But on January 29th, the FMCSA announced that it now plans for the rule to go into effect on February 7th, 2022.
“Following a careful review of the public comments regarding the Entry-Level Training (ELDT) rule, FMCSA is extending the rule’s implementation for two years,” reads a statement put out by the FMCSA. “This extension is reflective of the agency’s continued efforts to develop a secure and effective electronic trainer provider registry for the new rule. The agency remains committed to making the implementation of the rule as efficient and effective as possible.”
FMCSA expects that two years will be sufficient to get the necessary IT systems in order.