The company I currently work for is beginning to get running with non-CDL straight trucks. I work for a brokerage and they're purchasing some straight trucks to do some local deliveries for the business we're currently brokering out to other companies and they want me to help run it. However, I am a bit confused with the HOS rules and driver license requirements as they're so convoluted and hard to follow. Can you all help with the info below? Not sure if this is the correct forum for this, if not, let me know where to post this.
1. For driver license requirements for drivers, will they need anything special? From my understanding a non-CDL truck requires only a standard class C drivers license in GA? Or, because he is driving for a living, will they need air brake endorsements or a ? Will there need to be any driver files on health, drug tests, etc (required that is, we will definitely plan on drug testing but need to know if we have to keep a file in the truck or legally)
2. For the 150 air mile radius rule. I cannot remember if that is 150 TOTAL miles in a day or if the driver could run as many miles as they want as long as they stay within 150 air mile radius and within the 14-hour work day? If it only requires them to stay within 150 air mile radius but can run as many miles as they want within their 14-hour work day, is there a window to where they may could run longer than 150 air mile radius and not require logs/HOS? meaning he can only go outside this radius X amount of time a week/month etc?
Thank you all for your help.
Straight Truck Regulations
Non-CDL CMV drivers are driving a truck between 10,001 lbs and 26,000 lbs GVWR. You need the full driver file the same as a CDL vehicle, except drug testing. The driver files stays in the office, not the truck. The truck needs any permits, registration, insurance.
No such thing as an air brake endorsement, it's an air brake restriction on CDL's. Most trucks under 26,000 lbs don't have air brakes so it's likely not an issue, but.... We've had LEO's here state if the truck has air brakes a CDL is required because it's the only way to drive a tuck with air brakes. We've had other LEO's say as there is no air brake restriction on a non-commercial license, it doesn't matter. Call your local state trooper office to verify.
It's 150 air miles from the starting point (yard) and for non-CDL drivers it's a 16 hour day. You can drive 600 miles a day, just don't bust that radius bubble and you'll be fine.
Thank you for your help. Almost all straight trucks around here, and the ones we will be buying, have air brakes/air ride on them. Standard 26' straight trucks, international/Freightliner, etc. However, I know that at my last leasing/rental company I worked for we would rent/lease non-CDL trucks to just ordinary licensed individuals. I will have to contact the local trooper offices to verify.
For some reason I thought we did not need a driver file unless we were transporting hazmat or transporting people, etc. But We can still put one together.
Years ago when I did delivery, we had a straight truck without air brakes and auto transmission. Anyone with a drivers license could drive it. They got a new one with air brakes and a manual 6 speed and it took a CDL to drive it.
I think as long as you stay within 150 mile radius just keep a time card and record of repairs and maintenance etc at the office and you’re good.