DOT Age Requirements Interstate Commerce

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by CaryD, May 9, 2014.

  1. CaryD

    CaryD Bobtail Member

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    Here is the scenario.

    Driver is age 19
    Moving a load 45 miles from Wichita Falls, Texas to Lawton, Oklahoma
    Vehicle is under the weight limit required to have a CDL to operate (Class C license only required)
    Load is interstate commerce according to government bill of lading. (household goods originating outside of state, delivered outside of state)

    Question: Is it legal to allow this driver to operate, or must the driver to be 21?

    There is a little confusion/debate going on internally here and I could use some clarification.
     
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  3. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    Good question,I think any class A cdl holder operating out of state has to be 21 and intrastate is 18.
     
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  4. Meltom

    Meltom Road Train Member

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  5. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    383.5 Definition of a CMV:

    A CMV is the kicker here. Just because it might be tagged a commercial vehicle by state requirements doesn't make it a CMV under FMCSA standards. If it's 26,000 lbs or under then he is okay.
     
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  6. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

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    Ahh...In the Limelight 21 is the answer.......Dont make a lotta noise with this and he'll be just fine,
     
  7. 70s_driver

    70s_driver Medium Load Member

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    You might check this out for the info you need? Im not sure myself? http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/drivers
     
  8. 70s_driver

    70s_driver Medium Load Member

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    Might be a good idea to call your state licensing agency and tell them what you are doing and ask them? according to the FMCSA if the class c vehicle does not haul passengers and does not haul hazmat, its not regulated by them but I could be misinterpreting it? Id call the license bureau or the D.O.T Enforcement office in your area?
     
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  9. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    When crossing state lines, the fmcsa applies to all commercial motor vehicles. As stated before, the definition of a commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 lbs.

    You have to be 21. The exception is when it is agricultural related.
     
  10. CaryD

    CaryD Bobtail Member

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    So a Ford F250 Van rated at 8500 pounds is expempt, and the driver need not be 21?
     
  11. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    That is correct. However, if it connects to a trailer, then the two gvwr's are added together.
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