January 31, 2022
In Brief
In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, TPGA continues to update you on the upcoming Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements as more information becomes available.

Also, in our second story of the day, the Texas Propane Gas Association lets you know of an opportunity to increase your safety and regulatory knowledge that is coming to this state that is just a month away. Find out more about the National Propane Education & Training Conference coming to Texas on March 1-2, 2022.

Additionally, the TPGA Board & Committee Meetings are next week. Will you be joining us? Check out the schedule and RSVP through our third story of the morning.

Lastly, the LPG Charity Fund has helped hundreds of propane professionals through hardships. Please find out more about their upcoming poker tournament in Houston late next week that will raise funds for their endeavors.

Additionally, check out our Quick Links section for access to the Winter Fuels Weekly Pricing & Supply Update from last week, heating degree data from February, the TPGA Store PSC, where members get discounts on 100's of compliance items, as well as the National Propane Gas Foundation Scholarship information, which the scholarship application date is just around the corner.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • ELDT Update
  • National Propane Education & Training Conference
  • TPGA Meeting Reminder
  • Houston Texas Hold' Em Poker Tournament
  • Quick Links

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TPGA & PSC office closed for
President’s Day
ELDT Compliance Starts
in 7 Days:
Here's What You Need to Know
Starting next Monday, February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require all new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) applicants to successfully complete an entry-level driver training before they are eligible to sit for state CDL or HME exams.

This requirement does not apply to current CDL holders that already have hazmat endorsements renewing. They are grandfathered.

Below is the process a driver subject to the new ELDT requirement has to go through.
There is no minimum number of hours of training required; however, PERC has developed online training and materials for compliance that tackle all the criteria necessary to cover. The initial CDL portion is made up of 30 modules and an assessment which should take a driver 10-15 hours to complete.

If a driver already has their CDL and only is applying for the hazmat endorsement, the HME applicant only has to take the hazmat theory training, which is 8 modules and an assessment/exam through PERC's online learning center and does not require behind the wheel training.

You must pass ELDT assessments/exams with 80% or better. There is no limit to how many times you can take the PERC ELDT assessments/exams.
Online assessments at the end of PERC's ELDT related courses do not take the place of CDL exams required at state driver's license offices.

The FREE ELDT courses should be available at https://training.propane.com/ starting sometime this week.

PERC courses do not include behind-the-wheel. A qualifying CDL-holder may give behind-the-wheel training at individual companies that can provide and document this in-person training with guidance materials developed by NPGA and PERC. These guidance materials include forms that capture road performance, hours of training completed, and the CDL-holder leading instruction qualifications.  

NPGA has developed an Administrative Compliance Service (ACE) optional to members to help them with compliance, file all required documentation to FMCSA, and serve as the representative for your company in the case of an FMCSA audit as FMCSA has created a special enforcement division just for ELDT compliance.

You can learn more about NPGA's compliance program and get pricing at https://www.npga.org/ace.
Texas to Host National Propane Education & Training Conference
Registration is now open for the 2022 National Propane Education & Training Conference to be held March 1-2, 2022 at the Westin Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Irving, TX.

This year’s in-person event offers general and breakout sessions on industry-specific education, learning management system administration, and safety compliance topics. 

You and your colleagues will also learn about the newest features and resources available on PERC’s Learning Center. 

This year's event is in-person only and the cost is $99.

Check out the full agenda and register to attend at https://propane.com/2022-national-propane-education-training-conference

A discounted hotel room rate of $149/night is available until February 7, 2022, or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first. Book now for best availability!
Join Us Next Week for TPGA Board & Committee Meetings
Join TPGA for our 1st Quarter TPGA Board and Related Committee meetings in College Station slated for February 8-9, 2022. TPGA will have a full schedule of meetings and a tour of the new Exosent facility.

Meeting Location & Host Hotel
The George Hotel
180 Century Court
College Station, TX 77840

February 8, 2022
9:00a – 11:00p  T&S Committee
11:30p – 1:30p  Tour Exosent site; lunch
1:30p – 2:30p   Meeting Planning Committee
2:45p – 3:45p   Membership Committee
4:00p – 5:00p   Executive Committee
5:15p – 6:15p   Finance Committee
7:00p       Dinner
February 9, 2022
9:00a – 11:00p   TPGA Board of Directors  
LPG Charity Fund Texas Hold’em Tournament Houston
Join the LPG Charity Fund on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at Dave & Buster’s - Katy Freeway in Houston, TX for their Annual John L. Hinsey Memorial Texas Hold'em Tournament. All proceeds will benefit LPG Charity Fund.
The LPG Charity Fund's principal objective is to assist members of the LPG and Gas Processing industry during a time of catastrophic medical expenses and/or financial need such as temporary living expenditures or funeral expenses.
Lunch and registration will be at 11:30 am with the poker tournament starting at 1:00 pm.
If poker is not your game, join the group for lunch and network with your colleagues. Enjoy a cocktail, have some fun hanging out and purchase some raffle tickets for some great prizes, including a trip for (2) to Las Vegas!
Come out to support this great cause. Register at https://lpgfund.com/.
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