Trucking news and briefs for Monday, July 12, 2021:
Registration for Training Provider Registry opens ahead of ELDT implementation
After more than four years since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Entry-Level Driver Training rule was published, the agency has finally launched the long-awaited Training Provider Registry.
Under the ELDT rule, which takes effect Feb. 7, 2022, only training providers listed on the TPR will be eligible to train pre-CDL truck drivers. CDL trainers can now register to be listed on the TPR.
For a CDL trainer to be listed on the TPR, they must meet the requirements of the rule, which includes following the training curriculum listed in the rule; using facilities, vehicles and instructors that meet the criteria outlined in the rule; meeting recordkeeping requirements; and be licensed, certified, registered, or authorized to provide training in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations of any state where in-person training is conducted.
The ELDT regulations establish minimum training requirements for entry-level commercial motor vehicle operators in interstate and intrastate commerce who are applying for:
A Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the first time
An upgrade of their CDL (such as a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL)
A hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement for the first time
The requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or an H, P, or S endorsement issued prior to Feb. 7, 2022. Individuals who obtain a commercial learner’s permit before the compliance date of Feb. 7, 2022, are not subject to ELDT requirements as long as they obtain a CDL before the expiration date of the CLP or renewed CLP.
Pennsylvania Turnpike announces 2022 toll increase
Start saving your nickels and dimes – and more – if your trucking travels put you on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Tolls on the turnpike will rise by 5% in January, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced this week. The agency board voted to impose the higher rates as of Jan. 2, 2022.
Officials say 2022 will be the first time in six years that fares will have jumped by less than 6%
The most common truck fare will go from $13 to $13.70 for E-ZPass, and from $26.60 to $28 for toll-by-plate.
ATA seeking America’s Road Team nominations
The American Trucking Associations last week began accepting nominations for truck drivers to serve on the 2022-2023 America’s Road Team.
Every two years, ATA searches for truck drivers with superior skills and strong safety records who are willing to take time away from the cab to demonstrate the trucking industry’s commitment to safety. Due to the pandemic, ATA postponed the selection process of the newest class of America’s Road Team Captains until now.
To nominate a professional truck driver for America's Road Team, please review the eligibility requirements and complete the nomination form.
“For 35 years, America’s Road Team has represented the best professional truck drivers in the industry,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “This diverse group of Captains are great ambassadors for our industry, representing all segments of trucking and every region of the country. We look forward to continuing the tradition of having dedicated, passionate and safe drivers educate America about our essential and powerful industry.”