Do I Need a CDL License to Operate That Truck?
Answer: The regulations that address this question are
FMCSA CFR 383.3.
383.3 Applicability. (a)
The rules in this part apply to every person who operates a
commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate, foreign, or
intrastate commerce, to all employers of such persons, and to all
States. The definition for a commercial motor vehicle for this
regulation is as follows:
Commercial motor vehicle
(CMV) means a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used
in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor
a) Has a gross
combination weight rating of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001
pounds or more) inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle
weight rating of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds); or
b) Has a gross
vehicle weight rating of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or
c) Is designed to
transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
d) Is of any size and is used in the transportation of
hazardous materials as defined in this section.
FMCSA RELEASES 2014 POCKET GUIDE TO LARGE
& BUS STATS
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has
released its 2014 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus
Statistics. The Pocket
Guide is a compilation of statistics from the overall state of the
industry to enforcement activity, details on traffic violations and
other incidents, the costs of crashes, and more.
data indicate that from 2009-2012, the number of fatal crashes
involving at least one large truck (over 10,000 lbs. GVW) increased
from 2,983 to 3,464. In the same period, the number of injury
crashes involving a large truck rose from approximately 51,000 to
73,000. In addition, the number of crashes involving release of a
hazardous materials cargo rose from 2,462 in 2009 to 2,748 in
Crashes involving large trucks operated by a private
carrier rose from 18,727 in 2009 to 21,270 in 2012. Crashes
involving large trucks operated by carriers with both for-hire and
private authority rose from 8,281 in 2009 to 9,604 in 2012.
FMCSA AWARDS $1 MILLION TO HELP TRAIN AND PLACE
VETERANS IN CAREERS AS COMMERCIAL TRUCK AND BUS DRIVERS
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Tuesday that it
has awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community
colleges across the country to help train returning military
veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. The
funding is provided through FMCSA's Commercial Motor Vehicle -
Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.
"These unique grants
are designed to help recruit, train and place veterans and their
spouses in good jobs that are in high demand and in an industry
that is vitally important in keeping our national economy moving
forward," said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling.
"Graduates of these training programs are continuing to serve
our nation by ensuring that the goods and products we depend on are
delivered professionally, efficiently and, most importantly,
FMCSA awards CMV-OST
grants to organizations that provide truck driving training,
including accredited public or private colleges, universities,
vocational-technical schools, post-secondary educational
institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and
state and local governments, including federally-recognized Native
American tribal governments. The funds are used to recruit,
train, and provide students job placement assistance after
To learn more about the Commercial Motor Vehicle -
Operator Safety Training Grant Program, please visit:
FMCSA ENDS CROSS-BORDER PILOT PROGRAM
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
has ended the United States-Mexico Cross-Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program.
The program, which was intended to evaluate the ability of Mexico-
domiciled motor carriers to operate safely in the United States
beyond the municipalities and commercial zones along the United
States-Mexico border, was in effect for three years.
The Pilot Program was part
of FMCSA's implementation of the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA) cross-border long-haul trucking provisions. The
Pilot Program allowed approved Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to
operate throughout the United States. The Mexico-domiciled
motor carriers that participated in the Pilot Program were required
to complete a Pre-Authorization Safety Audit before being granted
operating authority. In addition, they were required to
successfully complete a compliance review, if they participated in
the Pilot Program for 18 months.
As of October 10, 2014, there were 14 Mexican-based
motor carriers with authority to operate in the United
States. The DOT Office of the Inspector General is conducting
an audit of the Pilot Program to
evaluate the rates of participation, enforcement and effect on
safety of operations.
What are the Odds?
following four driving behaviors significantly increase the odds
that you will be involved in an accident while operating a vehicle.
- Speeding - Driving at
inappropriate speeds is associated with nearly tripling the
odds of being involved in a crash or near-crash, relative to
driving at appropriate speeds.
- Driving while drowsy is also associated with nearly tripling
the odds of being involved in a crash or near-crash, relative
to driving while not drowsy.
- The odds of a crash or near-crash more than double when a
driver is exhibiting aggressive driving behaviors.
your eyes off the road for more than two seconds - When a
driver's eyes are off the forward roadway for greater than two
seconds, the odds of a crash or near-crash occurring are
nearly double those when the driver is paying attention to the
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FAQs about the CDL as Addressed by the FMCSA:
person operate a CMV wholly on private property, not open to public
travel, without a CDL?
mechanics, salesman, shop help and occasional drivers need a CDL if
they are only test-driving a CMV?
Answer: YES, if the CMV is operated on a
public street, road or highway.
have moved, how long do I have to get my CDL license reissued by my
new state of residence?
the regulations require that a person driving an empty school bus
for a test drive or transport have a CDL?
Yes, if the bus is designed to transport 16 or more passengers and
or the bus has a MGVWR that exceeds 26,000lbs a CDL would be
required. However, since the unit is empty a passenger
endorsement would not be required.
driver operates a tractor of exactly 26,000 pounds GVWR, towing a
trailer of exactly 10,000 pounds GVWR, for a GCWR of 36,000 pounds.
HM and passengers are not involved. Is it a CMV and does the driver
need a CDL?
No to both questions. Although the vehicle has a GCWR of 36,000
pounds, it is not a CMV under any part of the definition of that
term in §383.5, and a CDL is not federally required.
Fall Back...Daylight Savings Time Change in One Week!
savings time will "fall back" at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday,
Make sure that all of your drivers are aware that the change to
daylight savings will occur. Caution route drivers especially that
the amount of daylight will change according to their stops with
the change. An intersection or street can present different challenges
to drivers with one hour change in the position of the sun. One
hour of time difference can present unique changes to a driver who
is on a route.
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governing body, or industry standards.