Bill makes changes in CDL rules
The budget has been finished, but several bills need to be passed to stay in compliance with federal law. State Senator Annette Dubas says LB983 affects the use of CDL's, exempting farmers, their families and employees from the CDL requirement when driving a covered a covered farm vehicle.
Dubas says a CDL is still required for trucks used for hire, and semis transporting hazardous materials, including anhydrous ammonia.
Dubas adds that LB983 changes the process for obtaining a CDL. Those seeking a CDL will have to hold a Commercial Learners Permit for 14 days prior to being eligible to test for a full CDL.
According to Dubas, the new skills tests and pre trip inspection procedures are far more rigorous, and the DMV has piloted the new test and observed an increase in failure rates.
The bill also prohibits drivers of commercial vehicles, school buses, and nine to fifteen passenger vans from using cell phones while on the road. The penalty is three points on their drivers license. .
Dubas says the bill also requires that medical examiners who perform CDL physicals be trained and certified online, and listed on a national register
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