The Federal Highway Administration minimum requirements for qualifying drivers of commercial motor vehicles and minimum qualification standards for newly hired drivers are identified below. We request that all drivers practice safe motoring and meet or exceed the following regulatory compliance standards:
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must speak the English language sufficiently well to perform job activities and respond to official questions. Must write well enough to make entries on reports and records.
- Must not have a current license suspension(s).
- Must not have a record of a driver’s license suspension or revocation for more than 30 days during the 36-month period prior to the date of hire. Suspension or revocation must be the direct result of a conviction while operating any motor vehicle (personal or commercial*). Suspensions for Failure to Appear, failure to meet financial responsibility laws, or non-moving violation convictions are excluded.
- Must possess a valid commercial driver’s license issued by the resident state of the driver. A driver cannot have a license from more than one state or multiple licenses from one state.
- Multiple vehicle load drivers must have 12 months of verifiable commercial driving experience in a tractor trailer within the past 36 months, or 24 months of verifiable commercial driving experience within the past 60 months.
- Single vehicle load drivers are only required to have 6-months verifiable commercial driving experience with the understanding that additional intervention by Operations and Safety is required until these drivers meet the standard qualifications. Additional intervention shall include monthly Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) checks, and regular interface with the Operations and Safety Departments.
- A driver may not have any felony, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or drug related convictions within the past five years, no more than one in a lifetime and none ever in a commercial motor vehicle.
- A driver may not have any record of citation or conviction for the major violations listed in any motor vehicle (personal or commercial*) during the 36-month period prior to the date of hire:
- Refusal to take a test required by a complied consent or similar law.
- Violation of an “open container” or similar statute.
- Reckless homicide or involuntary manslaughter.
- Operation while under suspension or revocation.
- Leaving the scene of an accident or “hit and run”.
- Failure to report an accident.
- Speed exhibition, contest, or drag racing.
- Use of a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony.
- Assault with a motor vehicle.
- Reckless driving or careless endangerment. Reckless driving as defined by State or local law or regulation, and includes, but is not limited to, offenses of driving a commercial motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
- Improper or erratic traffic lane changes
- Following the vehicle ahead too closely
- A violation, arising in connection with a fatal accident, of a State or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation)
- Operating a motor vehicle without the permission of the owner
- Fleeing or eluding a police officer
- Driving while impaired
- Making a false accident report
- Excessive speeding, involving any single offense for any speed of 15 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit
- Minor violations are defined as follows:
- Violations related to motor vehicle equipment, load or size regulations
- Failing/Improperly displaying license plates
- Failing to display or sign registration
- Failing to have driver’s license in possession (if valid license exists)
- Speeding less than 15 miles over the posted speed limit
- Any other violation not defined as major
- Driver will not be hired if he/she has experienced two or more “at-fault” accidents# in the previous three years.
- Driver may be hired if the MVR indicates no “at-fault” accidents# and two minor violations in the last three years. (Accidents are deemed to be not “at-fault” unless there is evidence to the contrary)
- Driver may be hired and put on probation if the MVR indicates one “at-fault” accident#and one minor violation in the previous three years, any violation of the probation rules will result in the driver’s immediate dismissal. A driver with zero “at-fault” accidents and three minor violations may be put on probation.
* Except in those states that prohibit the use of personal automobile records
**Exceptions to requirements made on an individual basis.
# Accidents are deemed not “at-fault” unless there is evidence to the contrary