A commercial driver training school
certified by the Department must provide the student both theoretical and
practical instruction regarding the operation of a commercial motor vehicle in
accordance with 49 C.F.R. Parts 383
(2) The theoretical instruction shall be
classroom instruction in specific areas of traffic safety to include subject
matter relating to the rules and regulations of the road, safe driving
practices, proper attitudes, pedestrian safety, and driver responsibility.
(3) Practical instruction shall be
behind-the-wheel experience and shall include demonstration and actual
performance of stopping, starting, shifting (if straight shift), turning,
backing, parallel parking and steering in a vehicle which meets the
requirements of the Department. Behind-the-wheel is defined as the actual time
the student is behind the steering wheel driving or being instructed.
(4) Test or exam questions
prepared by the school for instructional purposes shall not be worded or
constructed in the same manner as the questions used by the Department on its
official driver examination.
The student must pass a written exam with a minimum grade of eighty (80) to
successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion. In
the event of excused absence, sickness, etc., the student shall be required to
attend makeup classes for each hour exceeding ten (10) percent of the road or
range time specifically outlined in the approved school curriculum. The
certificate must include the name and address of the school, DDS Certification
number, the student's name, the number of hours of instruction, the
instructor's signature or the signature of a duly authorized employee of the
school, and the date of completion. The certificates shall be numbered, and a
roster of each class listing each student's name, date of completion,
instructor's name, fee paid, and certificate number must be kept by the
commercial driver training school for a minimum of three (3) years.
(6) All non-passenger road training must
include city, rural, and interstate driving.
Every school providing instruction for
non-passenger vehicles and passenger vehicles meeting the definition of a bus
shall maintain, for practical truck and/or bus driver training, a range 250 ft.
X 250 ft. or a minimum of 62,500 square feet. Approval for additional vehicles
requires inspection by the Department to determine that adequate space is
available. Each range will be equipped with sufficient cones and/or barrels for
non-passenger vehicles to perform the following mandatory maneuvers:
(a) Straight Line Backing
(i) Off-set left
(ii) Off-set right
(i) Sight Side
(ii) Blind Side
(i) 45 degree
(ii) 90 degree
In accordance with 49 C.F.R. Parts 383
, effective February 7, 2022, commercial drivers are required to
complete entry-level driver training.
Except as provided in subsection (b), on or after February 7, 2022, any
entry-level commercial driver shall be required to successfully complete an
entry-level driver training program approved by the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration, in accordance with 49 C.F.R. Parts 383
. The term
"entry-level commercial driver" shall mean any person who:
(i) seeks to obtain a new Class A or Class B
commercial driver's license;
seeks to upgrade any existing commercial driver's license to a higher Class
commercial driver's license;
seeks to obtain a new school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H)
subject to the entry-level driver training requirements set forth in 49 C.F.R.
The entry-level driver training requirements set forth in subsection (a) shall
not apply to the following persons:
commercial drivers who hold a valid commercial driver's license or an S, P, or
H endorsement that was issued prior to February 7, 2022;
(ii) commercial drivers who obtained a
commercial learner's permit prior to February 7, 2022, and upgrade to a
commercial driver's license before the commercial learner's permit expires; or
any person who is exempted
from taking a skills test pursuant to 49 C.F.R. Part 383
Effective February 7, 2022, in order to
add a hazardous materials (H) endorsement to a commercial driver's license, the
(i) complete entry-level driver
training prior to taking the knowledge exam for the hazardous materials (H)
(ii) complete the
Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program administered by the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA);
(iii) pass the knowledge exam for the
hazardous materials (H) endorsement; and
(iv) renew their commercial driver's license
to have the H or X (Tank Vehicles and Hazardous Material) endorsement added.
February 7, 2022, every commercial driver training school and every CDL
third-party tester certified by the Department shall provide, prior to
administering a third-party skills test or as part of its instructional
curriculum, a human trafficking awareness and prevention course that is
administered to every student it tests and/or trains, and evidence of such
completion as required by the department.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Original Rule entitled "Program of Instruction" adopted. F.
Sept. 1, 2004; eff.
Sept. 21, 2004.
Amended: New title, "Commercial Driver Training
School Program of Instruction." F. Jan. 13,
2022; eff. Feb. 2, 2022.