Industry Regulation Updates
FMCSA Passenger Regs Clarified
Does your organization or business transport people by bus, van or limousine?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued guidance to organizations and businesses that transport passengers in interstate commerce, clarifying existing FMCSA regulations and requirements.
FMCSA constructed an online resource page to help advise organizations and businesses that may provide interstate passenger transportation services. Click on the following link to learn more about federal passenger carrier regulations and determine if they apply to your organization or business:
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New CDL Rule Helps Veterans and Industry Driver Shortage
In short, the n
ew rule eases the burdens on military personnel applying for CLPs and CDLs in two ways:
- A longer grace period for military drivers with experience to transition to civilian careers. Obtaining a CDL typically requires a two-step process which includes both a knowledge test and a skills test. Under previous regulations, states were allowed to waive the skills test for (current or former) military personnel who met specific conditions and who were in a military role requiring the operation of a CMV in the past 90 days. Under the new regulations, this waiver period has been permanently extended from 90 days to one full year.
- All states can administer tests for CDLs/CLPs for service members stationed within their borders, but the CDLs/CLPs will be issued by the "home state." All states can now accept CLP/CDL applications and administer the necessary tests to active duty service members who are full-time military heavy equipment operators. States that exercise this option are required to transmit the application and results to the licensing agency in the service member's home state, which may then issue the CLP or CDL. This new procedure will enable service members to complete their licensing requirements without incurring the time and expense of returning to their home state.
Civilian job prospects for CMV drivers vary according to driver experience and the type of CDL endorsements. Some of the most directly correlated civilian opportunities for military drivers include: h
eavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, ci
ty and tour bus drivers, s
chool bus drivers & l
ight truck or delivery services drivers.
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