Episode 54:  The Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule and What It Means for You, with Don Lefeve

Don Lefeve is the President and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, the largest association of commercial truck driving schools in the United States. CVTA has approximately two hundred members located in 43 states, and each year those members graduate an impressive 50,000 truck drivers. In this episode of Recruit and Retain: Trucking Edition, Don talks with host Chad Hendricks about the Entry Level Driver Training rule and the broad-reaching nationwide impact it will have on recruiting, training schools, carriers and new drivers.

“We ended up coming to consensus on a rule, it served as the basis. On December 8, 2016, the FMCSA published the final rule, and all states are required to comply with it by 2020.”

– Don Lefeve

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Don’s thoughts on the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule set to take effect in 2020
  • The history of the ELDT rule and how it has changed over the years since it was proposed in 1991
  • What curricular requirements are set forth in the ELDT rule that training schools will have to meet with new drivers
  • How ELDT will impact carriers who provide internal training to their new drivers
  • How CVTA is working to get ahead of any negative effects and bottlenecks that may result from ELDT going into effect
  • How CVTA is addressing inconsistencies in requirements for CDL examiners throughout the country
  • Why rules restricting 18-20 year old drivers from interstate driving are a significant roadblock for drivers right out of high school
  • Learn about efforts currently underway to distinguish whether driver age is a factor in the likelihood of having an accident
  • How CVTA can connect you with assistance in setting up an ELDT training program
  • How you can reach out to Don and CVTA for further information about the ELDT rule

Ways to contact Don:

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