A commercial driver training school shall
maintain an office in the following manner:
(a) The license of the school must be
school shall permit authorized representatives of the Department to make
periodic scheduled and unscheduled inspections of all school facilities. During
such inspection, each owner, partner, associate, corporate director, officer,
manager, or employee of the school shall cooperate with the Department's
representatives and upon demand, shall exhibit all records or other documents
required to be maintained by such school under this Chapter.
(c) The telephone must be used exclusively
for the operation of the school.
(d) An indoor classroom must be enclosed in
such a manner that interference by the general public will be minimized.
Sufficient indoor space must be provided for the purpose of instruction, to
include individual desks or table with chairs to accommodate students
comfortably. Classes of instruction are limited to a maximum number of forty
students per class unless the Department determines that the space is
inadequate for that number of students. In those situations, the maximum number
will be calculated on twenty square feet per student with a minimum number of
fifteen students per class. The maximum number of students per class determined
by the Department does not supersede the occupancy load or maximum for the
building determined by the local governing entity (i.e. county or city fire
marshal, inspector, or agent). A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy must be
submitted during the certification application process.
(e) Each school shall be inspected by the
respective municipal or county government to ensure that the facilities of such
school are in compliance with fire, sanitation, and building requirements in
force and effect at the time of the commencement of operations of such school
at such location or with the requirements imposed thereafter in conjunction
with modifications or improvements previously made to such facilities. Copies
of such inspection reports shall be made available upon request to the
Department. In addition, the Department shall inspect the designated office
space prior to approval of any application submitted to the
(f) An employee of the
school must be available to furnish information of operation or to produce
necessary records or documents whenever requested by a member of the
(g) The business office
of the school cannot be operated entirely through a telephone answering service
or telephone answering machine.
The school may use the services of an answering service to answer the telephone
only when the office is unmanned. The owner or operator of a school will be
permitted to list their residence telephone number in any advertisement or on
business cards provided such listing specifically states that such number may
be called after a designated hour.
EXAMPLE: If the residence telephone number of
the owner or operator is 224-4444, the advertisement must read, `Call 244-4444
after 6:00 p.m.'
commercial driver training school may use a telephone number answering service
in connection with the school; however, such service must be secondary to the
operation of the school and shall be used only when there is no one in the
school office to answer the telephone.
(j) An 800 number or other telephone number
may be answered at the principal office provided it is a toll-free call from
the county where the classroom is located.
(k) Any school or classroom facility utilized
for or approved for the purposes of a commercial driver training school shall
be clean and safe from health hazards such as rodents, pest infestation, and
mold, and must comply with the requirements set forth by the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, before a permit is issued. The owner shall certify to
the Department that the facility complies with the Act and its implementing