FMCSA to Seek Delay to Entry-Level Driver Training Rule: NEFI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to announce a two-year delay to its Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule scheduled to go into effect Feb. 7, 2020, reports the New England Fuel Institute.

“The ELDT rule is important to heating oil dealers because it requires rigorous new training for both new CDL license applicants and current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade,” NEFI Regulatory Counsel Mark S. Morgan notes in the Dec. 3 issue of NEON, the Institute’s newsletter.

Morgan reports that the delay “is due to the failure of state driver licensing authorities to align their electronic database with the new FMCSA nationwide online repository for unified CDL data collection.” Morgan writes, “The delay is good news for heating oil dealers because the system failures would have added additional delay for new applicants and current CDL drivers seeking an upgrade.”

For more on the requirements contained in the pending rule see Update: FMCSA Driver Training Rule, on page 38 of the December 2019 issue of Fuel Oil News.

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