FMCSA to Announce Two-Year Delay in Implementing ELDT Rule

Federal trucking regulators are nearing completion of a formal notice that they plan to delay implementation of the Entry Level Driver Training rule by up to two years after it was set to go into effect on a limited basis Feb. 7.

The notice is “in the pipeline” and could be posted as soon as before Thanksgiving, a DOT official who asked not to be identified confirmed Nov. 25.

“There is a Federal Register notice forthcoming,” the official said. “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 summer. At that time, federal officials said they were still working on a work-around that still would allow them to implement some provisions of the rule.