Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changed its rules Feb. 7, 2022, and now require that new truck drivers take additional training before obtaining their Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
According to the FMCSA information online, drivers seeking a Class A or Class B CDL, passenger endorsement or a school bus endorsement must complete entry-level driver training, which includes theory and behind-the-wheel instruction. This includes all log truck drivers.
Those who have obtained for a CDL permit prior to Feb. 7, 2022, but have not yet completed their training, will have to obtain driver training from a school. New applicants have to go through four to five weeks of schooling plus the behind-the-wheel training. Programs are available through companies such as Global Trucking Academy (www.globaltruckingacademy.com) and Coastal Trucking (www.coastaltruckdriving.net) in the Central Louisiana Area.
FMCSA does not provide training, so companies will have to seek out the services of private companies to provide the training. Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requires drivers to successfully complete a DOT physical, drug screening and present a valid drivers license as well as a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) to apply for a course. Also to receive a CDL, drivers will have to pass a pre-trip inspection, backing stills test and road test.
Visit the FMCSA website for more information.