ELDT: Am I Understanding This Right?

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John's Comment
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I keep coming across these videos and articles saying "hurry up and get your CDL before February 7, 2022" or it is going to become a lot more expensive/difficult and take longer to get your CDL.

So I watch said videos...read said articles...and I need to ask...

Am I understanding this right?

All that is changing, is that there is a standardized curriculum - and you must actually attend a school (either through a company or private school) and not just be trained by your father or favorite uncle?

Everyone makes it sound like it is something drastic...but to me it seems like something that should have been in place anyways? That it really isn't a big deal?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I keep coming across these videos and articles saying "hurry up and get your CDL before February 7, 2022" or it is going to become a lot more expensive/difficult and take longer to get your CDL.

So I watch said videos...read said articles...and I need to ask...

Am I understanding this right?

All that is changing, is that there is a standardized curriculum - and you must actually attend a school (either through a company or private school) and not just be trained by your father or favorite uncle?

Everyone makes it sound like it is something drastic...but to me it seems like something that should have been in place anyways? That it really isn't a big deal?

Yessir. It's really 'BUSINESS AS USUAL' (or should've been!) just getting ENFORCED (finally.)

If you have your CDLP before 02/07/22, you won't have any 'extra' studies, it seems...however.

Did you read this one? ELDT 'rule' 02/2022

It's just the 'Buck60' class that MOST carriers require (and PROVIDE, PLUS!) anyway. It's just FINALLY a mandate.

Are you finally doing this ?!?!? ;) I'm eeking to, myself! Last kiddo aging up in January.

Best wishes; let usn's know!

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
John's Comment
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Thanks Anne! I thought it wasn't anything to truly concern myself with. Just a mandate of what should have always been.

After I got medical clearance from my cardiologist (after the stress test and EKG) a few months back, I was about to jump in. A few things came up that delayed me (or I should say, I allowed to delay me). I shouldn't have allowed some of it to delay me, but I had one justifiable concern - my wife kind of partially backtracked on her approval. So, I told her I would hold off for the moment. Now, she is encouraging me to move forward again. Unfortunately, she is encouraging me now during a time of the year that I did not want to start - winter. But, it is what it is, I cannot keep delaying it for this reason or that reason. So, I plan to get my permit the first week of January and go from there.

PackRat's Comment
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Better to start during the winter with a trainer than solo 8 months later.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Indeed, wish I had the availability of winter driving with my trainer. I'd actually recommend starting now

Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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Indeed, wish I had the availability of winter driving with my trainer. I'd actually recommend starting now

Agreed wholeheartedly. The fact that my second trainer (first was a dud) said while I was driving I80 Cheyenne-Laramie last week "I've never had a trainee drive through this" was a blessing and a curse is moot. That being said I approve and applaud the more training required with the new requirements.

John's Comment
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Better to start during the winter with a trainer than solo 8 months later.

Guess it is best it looks like it is going to be that way lol

Driving in winter weather doesn't bother me...in a car. I know a truck is a different deal. My way of thinking was at least if I started in spring/summer (as I was planning to this year), I would have a better feel for the truck come winter...and snow/ice would be one less factor to deal with in my opening days.

Best to just jump in the deep end I guess lol

PackRat's Comment
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As mild as this year has been, I wouldn't worry much.

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