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S. 1672 (114th): Commercial Driver Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 24, 2015 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1672

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 24, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To authorize States to enter into interstate compacts regarding Class A commercial driver’s licenses.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Commercial Driver Act.

2.

Interstate compact test program

(a)

In general

The Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shall establish a test program to allow States and the District of Columbia to enter into interstate compacts with contiguous States to standardize the requirements for drivers operating commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

(b)

Mutual recognition of licenses

A commercial driver’s licenses issued by 1 State participating in an interstate compact under subsection (a) shall be recognized as valid in every State that is participating in such compact.

(c)

Standards

In developing an interstate compact under this section, participating States shall provide for minimum licensure standards acceptable for interstate travel under this section, which may include, for drivers under the 21 years of age—

(1)

age restrictions;

(2)

distance from origin (measured in air miles);

(3)

reporting requirements; or

(4)

additional hours of service restrictions.

3.

Approval

An interstate compact described in section 2 may not go into effect until it has been approved by the governor of each State (or the Mayor of the District of Columbia, if applicable) that is a party to the agreement, after consultation with the Secretary of Transportation and the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

4.

Savings provision

Nothing in this Act may be construed to limit, or otherwise change, the authority to operate in Interstate Commerce for drivers over the age of 21, including by setting the minimum age requirement to receive a Class A commercial driver’s license at 18 years of age.