ELDT mandates

New ELDT Mandates for the Transportation Industry

As you probably already know, the FMCSA made regulatory changes to entry-level driver training in February of 2022. These changes set minimum standards for training new drivers with theory and behind the wheel courses.

As you probably already know, the FMCSA made regulatory changes to entry-level driver training in February of 2022. These changes set minimum standards for training new drivers with theory and behind the wheel courses.

The new ELDT mandates affect all drivers seeking:

  • Class A CDL
  • Class B CDL
  • Upgrade from Class B to Class A CDL
  • School (S) Endorsement
  • Passenger (P) Endorsement
  • Hazardous Material (H) Endorsement

All training must be completed through an organization listed on FMCSA’s Training Provide Registry to count towards their CDL. These new mandates also require that new drivers score at least 80% on their ELDT testing to pass.

What Do These Changes Mean for You?

We already see difficulties when it comes to recruiting drivers, and these new mandates could put even more strain on your recruitment efforts. On the other hand, these changes could act in your favor as a recruitment tool.

If you can provide the necessary training through your company to potential new drivers, you can use this type of training program to draw new people into your company.

Any organization that provides entry-level training is required to register with the FMCSA. If you were to use an already registered company to provide the necessary training, you could still give access to ELDT curriculum without adding stress to your safety and training program.

Incorporating Online Theory Training

Vertical Alliance Group is a registered theory training provider for these nee ELDT mandates. We have training to deal with the required courses, including:

  • Basic operation
  • Safe operating procedures
  • Advanced operating procedures
  • Vehicle systems and reporting malfunctions
  • Non-driving activities

With our online training system, drivers can complete ELDT curriculum in a fraction of the time it would take to complete in-person training. We can also take care of all required reporting needs to ensure drivers who complete their training get their paperwork in before the deadline.

Using our ELDT program also means you have access to all records associated with your training anytime you need it. You can track new driver progress through the system, and make sure potential new hires are completing their training.

You can incorporate another registered training program for behind the wheel training or set it up in-house to fit your company needs.

Remain Competitive When It Comes to Recruitment

No matter the size of your trucking company, the right training program can give you a competitive edge when it comes to recruitment. Using the Trucking 52 training program to meet your orientation and ongoing training needs, combined with ELDT theory curriculum, you can provide a robust program that will help you stand out.

Want to see for yourself how training can increase your driver recruitment and retention? Request a demo of Trucking 52 for a look at our online training program. If you’re interested in the ELDT curriculum, you can request a demo of our ELDT curriculum management system too.

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