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New requirements in effect to obtain Commercial Driver’s License in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- In an effort to make Colorado roads safer, those looking to get a commercial driver's license (CDL) now have additional steps to take: a comprehensive training course.

Beginning February 7, 2022, aspiring commercial drivers will have to complete a new federally mandated Entry Level Driver training with a certified trainer. The training includes classroom instruction, and drivers must pass an assessment with an overall score of 80 percent or higher. They must also show proficiency in behind-the-wheel training.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the "Entry Level Driver Training certification will help ensure commercial drivers are properly trained, making the roads safer for all motorists. This new regulation is in line with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s primary mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The ELDT intends to increase safety on our nation’s highways by setting minimum standards and enforcing uniform requirements for new commercial drivers, which will result in more qualified drivers on our roads. Prior to this change in legislation, CDL standards varied state by state."

The additional training, on top of what is already required by the state, comes after Rogel Aguilera-Moderos was sentenced to 110 years in prison -- later reduced to 10 years -- for a crash that killed four people on I-70 in 2019. Prosecutors claimed Aguilera-Moderos lacked proper training with his 18-wheeler.

The new training is required for first-time commercial drivers, and anyone wanting to upgrade their CDL or anyone wanting to add endorsements: hazardous material (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S).

Click here to find an approved instructor or school, visit the National Training Provider Registry.

Colorado residents who qualify for the State’s Vets-2-Trucks program are exempt from the training. More information on the Vets-2-Trucks program is available here.

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  1. The CDL was put in place to reduce accidents and make roads safer. I have never seen anything to indicate that this has happened.In fact with the new requirements it seems as though requiring CDLs has not worked since the government is adding more requirements.

    1. You have to remember that all these requirements are the MINIMUM required as of the date of implementation. For example, when I got my Cl@ss A license back in 1975, fresh out of High School, it was just a basic written test followed by a (basic) driving test. Easy for this farm kid. Renewals were automatic, as long as you had no infractions or an expired license. Worked fine until the rules were changed in the ’90s, when they required everyone to do the full written and driving tests again. My Cl@ss A endorsement went away then, as I didn’t have ready access to a semi when I came home on leave from the Navy.

      Additionally, new requirements are issued as a response to findings following accident investigations or other sources of trending data. Seatbelts are a good example. We went for YEARS before seatbelts were required to be installed, and then even more years before their use became mandatory.

    2. I am confused by your comments. Are you trying to say after CDL was implemented that there was no change in safety?
      Is this just conjecture or do you have any data/sources? Or is it your opinion based on little knowledge or experience in the commercial truck driving industry.

    3. Have you never heard of being proactive? In other words, try to anticipate problems based on what you learn, and try to prevent them happening again. That’s the way our world works for most people.

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