U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Eases CDL Testing Requirements
Regulatory Guidance Issued as Administration Expands Efforts to Increase CDL Driver Pools
In February, the U.S. FMCSA issued new guidance designed to safely increase the future available pool of CDL-qualified drivers into the marketplace. The guidance permits third-party testers to administer the knowledge portion of the CDL, without a state examiner needing to be present.
These efforts are part of the FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations, which establish training requirements for entry-level CMV drivers, and apply to those seeking Class A and Class B CDLs for the first time, as well as drivers wanting to upgrade their existing Class B CDL to a Class A CDL.
The FMCSA has established a clearinghouse for information on how to find training providers, eligibility and hours requirements, alongside a host of FAQs for companies interested in learning more.