What Are The Basic Qualifications To Drive A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)?
According to the FMCSA, a qualified CMV driver must meet eight qualifications. These qualifications include: (1) be at least 21 years old; (2) be able to read and speak the English language well enough to converse with the general public, understand English traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports and records; (3) be able to safely operate the type of motor vehicle he or she drives, by way of experience, training, or both; (4) be physically qualified to drive a motor vehicle in accordance with the medical qualification standards; (5) have a currently valid CMV operator’s license issued by only one state or jurisdiction; (6) have prepared and furnished the motor carrier that employs him or her with a list of violations from the past 12 months (or certifications that there were no violations); (7) not be disqualified to drive a motor vehicle under the rules laid out in the FMCSRs; and (8) have successfully completed a driver’s road test and been issued a certificate of driver’s road test, unless the employer accepts a driver’s license or previously issued certification of road test instead. If a driver works with cargo distribution and securement, he or she must meet 2 additional qualifications. These include: being able to determine whether the cargo they transport has been properly located, distributed and secured in or on the motor vehicles they drive and be familiar with methods and procedures for securing cargo in or on the motor vehicle they drive.
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