New Entry-Level CDL Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule on May 21, setting mandatory training requirements for entry-level CDL drivers [Docket No. FMCSA-1997-2199]. Under the rule, an entry-level driver is defined as one with less than one year of experience. The rule goes into effect July 20, 2004. Existing drivers with less than 12 months of experience must undertake the required training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule on May 21, setting mandatory training requirements for entry-level CDL drivers [Docket No. FMCSA-1997-2199]. Under the rule, an entry-level driver is defined as one with less than one year of experience. The rule goes into effect July 20, 2004.

Existing drivers with less than 12 months of experience must undertake the required training by October 18, 2004. Beginning July 20, 2004 newly-hired entry-level drivers cannot operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce without the required training.

The new training requirements are divided into four areas: driver qualification, hours of service, driver wellness, and whistleblower protection.

Employers must keep a copy of drivers’ training certificates in personnel or qualification files while drivers are employed and one year thereafter.

The training certificate must contain the following:

  • date issued

  • name of training provider

  • mailing address of training provider

  • name of driver

  • statement that driver has completed training in the areas listed above

  • printed name of the person attesting driver has received the required training

  • signature of the person attesting the driver has received the required training

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