June 29, 2013

CDL Changes Proposed By Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) will possibly see a change to the CDL rules throughout rural and farm areas across America, if it passes. The FMSCA is trying to decide if the off-road machinery and equipment, used to transport goods on roads, should be classified as commercial vehicles wish would entitle everybody that drives one to get a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

CDL Changes Proposed By Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Each state is allowed to grant exemptions for the CDL qualifications, and each state is different. Certain states may not be infected by this FMSCA proposed change because of this. If the proposed change happens, in North Dakota it would effect “tractors, combines and pickup trucks hauling grain or livestock would have to be licensed as commercial vehicles” and just be “another headache” says Sandy Clark, the North Dakota Farm Bureau Policy Director.

In Texas, if the combined truck and trailer weight is over 26,000, a new CDL must be in use according to the new rules. Where as in Wisconsin the rules would change the way people are charged for a crime included with their CDL.

It’s believed that all these changes would be beneficial to the safety of both CDL drivers and other licensed drivers throughout America.

According to etrucker.com, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) would change the way testing for entry level CDL’s would be given, or take place. The new rules would be in effect by the end of the year. This would be both a good and bad thing, since it means that if you already have a CDL, you would have to retest by retaking the driving test, no matter which level you are at. It may be easier to get an entry level CDL now, once all the changes are in place and effect.

Some states approve of all the changes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are trying to put into place, other states don’t like any of them, or just a few of them. Since every state is effected differently on the Commercial Driving License rule changes, the reaction is different. Is your state changing the way CDLs are given over the next year? Remember all changes would be for safety reasons.”

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Find out more, visit:

The Dickinson Press

VATAT CDL Rule Changes

New Rules Online CDL Training Programs

U.S. Department of Transportation

FMCSA Strategic Plan Proposes Comprehensive Safety Effort