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Tougher CDL requirements, penalties proposed by FMCSA

Posted on August 1, 2001

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed changes to the commercial driver's license (CDL) program that would expand the requirements for driver background checks and increase the number of offenses that incur sanctions. The proposed rulemaking, which was published Friday, July 27, would require that record checks of CDL applicants include all states in which the driver was previously licensed to drive any type of vehicle. It would also add three new traffic violations that would require disqualification of drivers convicted of a second or subsequent offense. The violations include driving a commercial vehicle without obtaining a CDL, driving without possession of a CDL and not having met the minimum testing standards for the type of vehicle being operated. The full proposed rulemaking can be viewed by searching at Written comments on this proposed rulemaking should be submitted by Oct. 25. Comments may be submitted electronically at

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