On February 04, 2020 (85 FR 6088), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an Interim Final Rule in the federal register amending its December 8, 2016 (81 FR 88732) final rule, “Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators” (ELDT final rule), by extending the compliance date for the rule from February 7, 2020 to February 7, 2022. This action will provide FMCSA additional time to complete development of the Training Provider Registry (TPR). The TPR will allow training providers to self-certify that they meet the training requirements and will provide the electronic interface that will receive and store entry-level driver training (ELDT) certification information from training providers and transmit that information to the State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs). The extension also provides SDLAs with time to modify their information technology (IT) systems and procedures, as necessary, to accommodate their receipt of driver-specific ELDT data from the TPR. FMCSA is delaying the entire ELDT final rule, as opposed to a partial delay as proposed, due to delays in implementation of the TPR that were not foreseen when the proposed rule was published. This interim final rule is effective February 4, 2020. Comments on this interim final rule must be received on or before March 20, 2020. Petitions for Reconsideration of this interim final rule must be submitted to the FMCSA Administrator no later than March 5, 2020.
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