New Kansas City Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer answers: What Are the Basic Qualifications to Drive a Truck?
Hello, my name is Jason Roth. I am an attorney with the law firm of Roth Davies in Overland Park, Kansas. Today I would like to talk to you about the basic qualifications to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The federal regulations has outlined eight different qualifications that must be met for a person to be qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle. To be considered qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, a person must: be at least 21 years old, be able to read and speak the English language well enough to converse with the general public, understand English traffic signs, respond to official inquiries, and make certain entries on reports and records, they must be able to safely operate the type of motor vehicle being driven by way of experience, training, or both, they must be physically qualified to drive a motor vehicle in accordance with the medical qualification standards, they must have a valid current commercial motor vehicle operator’s license issued by only one state or jurisdiction, they must have prepared and furnished the motor carrier that employs him or her with a list of violations from the past 12 months or certify there were no violations, they must not be disqualified to drive a motor vehicle under rules laid out by the federal regulations, and they must have also 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 a previously issued certification of road test. If a driver works with cargo distribution and securement, they must meet two additional qualifications. Those are being able to determine whether the cargo they transport has been properly located, distributed and secured in or on the motor vehicle and be familiar with methods and procedures for securing cargo in or on the motor vehicle. If you have any questions regarding the basic qualifications to drive a commercial motor vehicle, please do not hesitate to call.


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