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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 18, 2015 09:42 AM
From: Representative John Taylor
To: All House members
Subject: CDL Law changes
During the week of June 22, I plan to introduce legislation to put the Vehicle Code in sync with Federal CDL Regulations.

Specifically, the proposed legislation will bring Pennsylvania into compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Driver License Testing and Commercial Driver Learner's Permit Standards required to be enacted by July 8, 2015, under 76 FR 26877 to 26897 (May 9, 2011).

These Federal regulations include key provisions that:
  • revise the definition of commercial motor vehicle and tank vehicle;
  • clarify that an employer may not knowingly permit a driver to drive if under a license restriction;
  • Provide that a skills test from another state shall be accepted and that interpreters are not permitted during the administration of skills tests;
  • Provide restrictions on commercial driver learner permits (CLP), such as reducing the validity period for the CLP from 1 year to 180 days, and imposes other safety related restrictions on a learners permit holder such as not driving a vehicle carrying passengers or a vehicle carrying hazardous materials.
  • Require specific letter codes to describe CDL restrictions to provide uniformity and assist law enforcement.
  • Add CDL disqualifications of a person for fraud committed related to the issuance of a commercial learners permit or commercial driver’s license.

According to PennDOT, if Pennsylvania does not come into compliance, financial penalties could be assessed. Federal regulation authorizes a penalty of up to 5% of certain federal-aid highway funds, which would be approximately $57 million for Pennsylvania, to be withheld on the first day of the fiscal year following the first year of non-compliance. For a second year of non-compliance, the amount can double.

Please join me in sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1412