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CDL Testing and Commercial Learners Permit Standards Final Rule Del Mar College/NAPFTDS Region 4 Conference Corpus Christi, Texas November 10 - 11, 2011.

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1 CDL Testing and Commercial Learners Permit Standards Final Rule Del Mar College/NAPFTDS Region 4 Conference Corpus Christi, Texas November , 2011

2 CDL Testing and Commercial Learners Permit Standards Why Testing and Permit Standards in one rulemaking? –They are related issues. Testing is the path to both the CLP and the CDL

3 Rulemaking Summary Effective Date of Final Rule – July 8, 2011 Compliance Date – July 8, 2014 Addresses 17 major issues: Revised CDL knowledge and skills testing requirements New CLP/CDL issuance requirements Other CLP/CDL regulatory changes

4 Rulemaking Summary (cont) Purpose: Enhance highway safety Ensure only qualified drivers operate CMVs (passed knowledge & skills tests, legally present & properly documented)

5 1. Strengthen Legal Presence Requirement Issue CLP/CDL only to: U.S. Citizen Lawful permanent resident of U.S. Issue Non-domiciled CLP/CDL to persons with: Temporary legal presence Indefinite legal presence, or From a State that had its CDL program decertified

6 1. Strengthen Legal Presence Requirement (cont.) Require proof of: a)U.S. Citizenship/Permanent legal presence b)Temporary/Indefinite legal presence Acceptable documentation a)Table 1 to (HM endorsement) b)Foreign issued passport/U.S. immigration documentation

7 1. Strengthen Legal Presence Requirement (cont.) Proof of domicile in State Document with name and residential address in State No domicile proof for nonresident

8 2. SSN Verification State to verify Name, DOB and SSN No CLP/CDL issuance without verification Electronic verification (Individual/batch) Exceptions: Only performed on initial CLP issuance Transfer of CDL 1 st renewal of CLP/CDL (after effective date of Final Rule if SSN was not verified previously)

9 3. Surrender CLP, CDL or Non-CDL Currently, surrender only required when CDL is replacing out-of-State Non-CDL or CDL Applicant must now surrender/return: Non-CDL/CLP being upgraded to CDL CDL initially issued, upgraded or transferred No surrender on renewals Return of surrendered license Only after physically marking it Punching hole/cutting corner not acceptable Punching VOID considered invalidated

10 4. CDL Testing Requirements for Out- Of-State Driver Training CLP holder may take driver training in any State Take skills test in State of training State of training sends skills test to State of domicile – process still to be determined. State of Domicile is required to accept out-of- state skills test scores

11 5. State Reciprocity of CLPs CLP only issued by State of Domicile CLP/Nonresident CLP must be recognized for training purposes by all States Reciprocity is similar to CDL/Nonresident CDL

12 6. Minimum Standards for Issuing CLPs Pass Knowledge Test to Obtain CLP CLP – Separate document from CDL/Non-CDL CLP document - Same tamperproof requirements as CDL except photo is prohibited on the CLP Record CLP in CDLIS Not valid without underlying non-CDL/CDL Must be accompanied by valid CDL holder

13 7. Maximum Initial/ Renewal Periods for CLP/CDL Initial validity/renewal periods for CLP Initial validity up to 180 days Renewal for additional 180 days without retesting for knowledge Initial validity/renewal periods for CDL Average current period of validity = 5yr. Maximum issuance period is 8 years.

14 8. Minimum Age for CLP Currently, some States issue CLPs to applicants under 18 years of age Uniformity needed for CLP reciprocity Minimum age of 18 years old Intrastate - 18 years and older Interstate - 21 years and older

15 9. Preconditions to Take Skills Test Initial CLP must be issued for 14 days before taking skills test Rationale – Applicant needs behind the wheel training and practice before taking license test Separate rulemaking on proposed entry level training before skills test. Final rulemaking expected Fall of 2011.

16 10. Limit Endorsements on CLP Only P and S endorsements require skills test Only P, S (with no-passenger restriction), and Tank (N with empty restriction) endorsements permitted on CLP Passengers prohibited with CLP and P endorsement P endorsement must be class specific on CLP

17 11. Methods of Administering CDL Tests Eliminate use of interpreters for knowledge and skills tests Applicant and examiner fraud found in use of interpreters English only for skills tests – bilingual or multilingual examiners may not test in languages other than English Need immediate response to verbal commands and instructions in English

18 12. Update Federal Knowledge and Skills Test Standards Incorporates AAMVA 2005 CDL Test System by reference – Final Rule deleted this. Jurisdictions required to use an FMCSA pre- approved State Testing System that meets the minimum requirements established by the Final Rule and that is comparable to the AAMVA 2005 CDL Test System (July 2010 version) which FMCSA approved in the Final Rule.

19 12. Update Federal Knowledge/ Skills Test Standards (cont.) Promotes uniformity among States Pre-trip inspection – Skills test Final Rule permits banking of skills test scores Eliminate – Substitute for skills test which was intended only for the initial testing cycle prior to April 1, 1992 – Now applies only to drivers with military CMV experience. Requires covert monitoring of State and 3 rd party skills examiners

20 CDL Version 2.0 Score Sheet NEW Score Sheet

21 Basic Control Skills Forms Must include 1 exercise from each of the 3 categories Category 1 –Straight Line Backing Category 2 –Offset Backing to the Left –Offset Backing to the Right Category 3 –Sight Side Parallel Parking –Conventional Parallel Parking –90 Degree Alley Dock

22 Road Test

23 Road Test Required Maneuvers 2005 Test System –4 left turns & 4 right turns –2 lane change maneuvers –Straight section of urban business –2 through & 2 stop intersections –RR Crossing –1 curve to left, 1 curve to right –Section expressway/limited access highway –Roadside stop/start –2 Signs (clearance, weight or traffic) –Student discharge Current test –4 left turns & 4 right turns –1 lane change (done on Urban/Rural road) –Straight section Urban/Rural –1 through & 2 stop intersections –RR Crossing –1 curve –Section expressway/limited access highway –Roadside stop/start (up/downgrade) –Sign (clearance, weight or traffic) –Up/down grade

24 Road Test - Turns New Score Sheet Current Score Sheet

25 Road Test - Intersections New Score SheetCurrent Score Sheet

26 Road Test - Expressway

27 Road Test – Urban/Rural, Lane Changes Curves

28 Road Test – Roadside Stop/Start

29 Road Test – Railroad Crossing, Truck/Bus Sign

30 Road Test – General Driving Behaviors

31 13. New Standard Endorsement and Restriction Codes Tank endorsement – Aggregate capacity of 1000 or more gallons – min. capacity of 119 gallons New/Standard Restrictions L Air Brake (5 codes currently being used) Z Full air brake (only air over hydraulic) E Manual Transmission (only automatic) O Tractor-trailer (only pintle-hook) M No Class A passenger vehicle N No Class A or B passenger vehicle

32 14. Previous Driving Offenses by CLP Applicants and Holders CLP Holder Subject to same CDL disqualifying offenses in 49 CFR in CMV or non-CMV CLP Applicant Subject to same requirements as CDL holder

33 15. Motor Carrier Prohibitions Currently, motor carrier only prohibited from allowing disqualified driver to operate CMV Motor carrier is now prohibited from allowing drivers to operate CMV with: No CLP or CDL CDL without proper class/endorsements

34 16. Incorporate Regulatory Guidance into Regulatory Text Codify regulatory guidance related to CLP and Testing into regulatory text Eliminate CLP and Testing regulatory guidance that is obsolete

35 17. Incorporate CDL Provisions of SAFE Port Act (2006) States must disqualify a CDL holder if the holder has been convicted of fraud related to the CDL application or testing process. CLP or CDL holder must make appointment to re-test within 30 days of notification Fraud prevention/detection: State out of compliance, if: Fails to impose adequate internal controls Fails to take adequate corrective action Impose sanctions against State for noncompliance

36 17. Incorporate CDL Provisions of SAFE Port Act (cont.) State and Third Party Examiners: Requires national criminal background checks Decertification of examiners with any conviction for fraud Decertification of examiners with any felony conviction within the past 10 years

37 17. Incorporate CDL Provisions of SAFE Port Act (cont.) Requires State knowledge and skills test examiners to successfully complete a formal CDL test examiner training course and examination before certifying them to administer CDL knowledge and skills tests Requires 3 rd party skills test examiners to successfully complete a formal CDL test examiner training course and examination before certifying them to administer CDL skills tests

38 17. Incorporate CDL Provisions of SAFE Port Act (cont.) Requires State and 3 rd party CDL test examiners to successfully complete a refresher training course and examination every 4 years Third Party Testers and Examiners: Testers – min. 50 skills tests/year - Removed Examiners – minimum of 10 skills tests/year or either take refresher training or have a State examiner observe the examiner administering a CDL skills test

39 Contact Information Kevin Lewis Director, Driver Programs Karen Morton Director, Driver Licensing

40 Questions?

41 Questions to Ponder Why dont you ever see the headline Psychic Wins Lottery? Why is abbreviated such a long word? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Why isnt there mouse-flavored cat food?


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