FMCSA launches Training Provider Registry for entry-level drivers
Washington — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched its online Training Provider Registry on Feb. 7 – the “final step” of a 2016 rule on minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial motor vehicle drivers.
The Training Provider Registry lists training providers who have self-certified their compliance with federal training requirements. It also keeps a record of all individuals who have completed the required entry-level driver training.
FMCSA says the 2016 rule – which had an initial compliance date of Feb. 7, 2020, that later was pushed to 2022 – is the first to establish minimum training standards for first-time applicants for Class A or B commercial driver’s licenses or those seeking a CDL upgrade to Class A or B. It also sets standards for drivers attempting to obtain hazardous materials, passenger or school bus endorsements for the first time.
Under the rule, affected entry-level CMV drivers must complete training from a provider listed on the registry before taking a CDL skills test. If a driver is applying for a hazardous materials endorsement, training must be completed before taking the knowledge test.
“With an increasing number of people applying for CDLs over the past year, there has never been a more important time to implement minimum uniform training standards that ensure new drivers have both the knowledge and skills to operate safely,” Jack Van Steenburg, executive director and chief safety officer at FMCSA, said in a press release. “The ELDT regulations were developed with input from driver and training organizations, motor carriers, state licensing agencies, safety advocacy groups, and insurance companies. The Training Provider Registry will efficiently connect training providers, entry-level drivers and state driver licensing agencies to promote compliance with these essential safety regulations.”
In a Dec. 20 post on the agency’s Facebook page, FMCSA notes that training isn’t required for drivers whose commercial learner’s permit was issued before Feb. 7, provided the driver obtains a CDL before the expiration date of the CLP or renewed CLP.
The registry website also features information for training providers regarding requirements related to instructor qualifiers, training curricula, facilities, equipment and state licensing.
“FMCSA believes that high-quality driver training is essential to ensuring that new drivers are well equipped to safely operate CMVs,” the agency says in a video accompanying the final rule.