RULE 001.01.92-002 - Regulations for Commercial Driver's License Waiver for Farm-Related Businesses

RULE 001.01.92-002. Regulations for Commercial Driver's License Waiver for Farm-Related Businesses

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The Office of Driver Services of the Department of Finance & Administration for this State may issue restricted commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) to seasonal drivers for the following specific farm-related service industries:

(a) ; farm retail outlets and suppliers;

(b) agri-chemical businesses;

(c) custom harvesters; and

(d) livestock feeders. If issued, such restricted CDLs shall be issued only in accordance with those guidelines set out in the recently amended portion of 49 CFR 383, including, but not limited to, the following:

A. Waived drivers shall not be required to take or pass the CDL skills or knowledge tests but shall be required to meet all other requirements of the CDL regulations included in 49 CFR 383.

B. A waived driver shall be issued only one license. That restricted CDL shall also authorize the waived driver to drive any non-commercial vehicle for personal use!

C. A restricted CDL shall not be issued to an individual unless it is determined that such individual has a "good driving record" and at least one year of driving experience in any type of vehicle. The "good driving record" criteria set out in the recently amended portion of 49 CFR 383 shall be utilized in making this determination.

D. A restricted CDL shall allow the driving of automobiles by the holder of such a license as well as the driving of other non-commercial motor vehicles throughout the same renewal cycle as is allowed for regular CDLs by the laws and regulations of this State,

E. Validity of any restricted CDL issued for commercial motor vehicle driving shall be limited to a seasonal period or periods, as defined by rules and regulations to be made and promulgated by the Office of Driver Services, in conformity with the guidelines contained in the recently amended portion of 49 CFR 383, not to exceed a total of 180 days of commercial validity in any 12-month period.

F. The Department of Finance & Administration shall revalidate each restricted CDL for commercial use by means of a confirmation of the holder's good driving record prior to each season, as defined by rules and regulations to be made and promulgated by the Office of Driver Services in conformity with the guidelines contained in the recently amended portion of 49 CFR 383, in which the driver wishes to drive commercial motor vehicles.

G. The Office of Driver Services shall check the driver's record through the Commercial Driver's License Information System (CDLIS) prior to issuing a restricted CDL to that driver and shall enter each restricted CDL holder's record into the CDLIS.

H. No such restricted CDL shall be issued to any drivers, seasonal or otherwise, who intend to transport any products of farm equipment suppliers, utilities, or cotton ginning services.

I. Use of the restricted CDL in activities not related to employment in the designated industries enumerated in the first paragraph of Part I of these regulations shall be grounds for revocation of the restricted CDL and the Office of Driver Services shall include this provision in substantially this same form in any rules and regulations made and promulgated by that Office.

I I

Any individual issued a restricted commercial driver's license (CDL) while operating on the highways of this State, whether such restricted CDL was issued by this State or any other state, shall be susceptible to and shall abide by all of the laws and regulations of this State as well as all laws and regulations of the United States and the following regulations.

A. No such restricted CDL holder may operate a commercial motor vehicle beyond 150 miles from the employer of that CDL holder's place of business or the farm currently belong -served by that employer.

B. Such a restricted CDL holder may only operate "Group B" or "Group C" vehicles. That restricted CDL holder shall not operate "Group A" vehicles.

1. Group A vehicles are defined herein to mean and include combination vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more [inclusive of a towed vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 10,000 pounds]. Drivers of such vehicles must continue to satisfy the knowledge and skill testing requirements and obtain CDLs without the farm-related service industries waiver.

2. Group B vehicles are defined herein to mean and include any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more (or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR).

3. Group C vehicles are defined herein to mean and include any vehicle that does not meet the thresholds for Groups A or B, but that is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is placarded for hazardous materials,

C. Such a restricted CDL holder shall not transport any hazardous material requiring placarding unless such material being transported is;

1. Diesel fuel in quantities of 1,000 gallons or less; or

2. Liquid fertilizers in vehicles with total capacities of 3,000 gallons or less; or

3. Solid fertilizers that are not mixed with any organic substance.

D. All such restricted CDL holders shall be fully subject to all CDL disqualification penalties that may be imposed pursuant to the laws or regulations of this State or of the United States.

E. Use of the restricted CDL in activities not related to employment in the designated industries enumerated in the first paragraph of Part I, above, of these regulations shall be grounds for revocation of that driver's restricted CDL.

F. Any restricted CDL issued pursuant to the waiver authority set out in the recently amended portion of 49 CFR 383 by this State or by any other state shall be accorded the same reciprocity in this State as a CDL holder meeting all of the requirements of 49 CFR 383.

(5/7/1992)

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