FMCSA to Announce Two-Year Delay in Implementing ELDT Rule

- Federal trucking regulators are near completion of a formal notice that implementation of the Entry Level Driver Training rule that was set to take effect on a limited basis Feb. 7 will be delayed by up to two years. The notice is “in the pipeline,” said a DOT official who asked not to be identified.

“There is a Federal Register notice forthcoming,” the official said about the rule, which will be administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “The whole thing is going to be delayed. It’s mostly due to the failure of the states aligning their systems with the federal system.”

A partial delay of the rule was announced in the summer. At that time, federal officials said they were working on a strategy to implement some provisions of the rule. The formal announcement of the two-year delay is expected by mid-December, the source said, but firm timing is not yet known.

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