Commercial Driver License changes • Deaf/Hard of Hearing CDL Skills Test • Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) • Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration • Third Party Agreements • State requirement for use of the Randomizer • St. Petersburg meeting
Commercial Driver License changes Deaf/Hard of Hearing CDL Skills Test
Commercial Driver License changes First Deaf/Hard of Hearing Applicant tested on February 7, 2017. DHSMV anticipating a second test in May that the Department will conduct.
Commercial Driver License changes DHSMV is continuing to develop the procedures to conduct CDL skills test. Once these procedures are completed we will release them to the Third Party Administrators so that they may conduct these skills test.
Commercial Driver License changes Overview of the test procedures: • Interpreters not allowed for the test, but are allowed during instructions for clarification of the instructions. • Communication will be in writing (English only). • Two examiners for the Basic Control Skills. • GPS for the Road Test.
Commercial Driver License changes • Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) • Effective Date May 22, 2017 – Now June 5, 2017 • Compliance Date 2020
Commercial Driver License changes • FMCSA establishes new minimum training standards for certain individuals applying for their commercial driver's license (CDL) for the first time; an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL); or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for the first time. These individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training (ELDT) requirements and must complete a prescribed program of instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA's Training Provider Registry (TPR). FMCSA will submit training certification information to State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs), who may only administer CDL skills tests to applicants for the Class A and B CDL, and/or the P or S endorsements, or knowledge test for the H endorsement, after verifying the certification information is present in the driver's record.
Commercial Driver License changes • Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration • Effective date: June 22, 2015 • Compliance date: June 22, 2018
Commercial Driver License changes • FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to require certified medical examiners (MEs) performing physical examinations of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to report results of all CMV drivers' physical examinations performed (including the results of examinations where the driver was found not to be qualified) to FMCSA by midnight (local time) of the next calendar day following the examination. The reporting of results includes all CMV drivers who are required to be medically certified to operate in interstate commerce, not only those who hold or apply for commercial learner's permits (CLP) or commercial driver's licenses (CDL), and results of any examinations performed in accordance with the FMCSRs with any applicable State variances (which will be valid for intrastate operations only). For holders of CLP/CDLs (interstate and intrastate), FMCSA will electronically transmit driver identification, examination results, and restriction information from examinations performed from the National Registry to the State Driver's Licensing Agencies (SDLAs).
Third Party Tester Agreements • Currently the Third Party Tester Agreements are open ended with no expiration date. • The Department will be issuing new Agreements that will now have an expiration date of 4 year from agreement date, that will include the changes required by Federal Regulation.
State requirement for use of the Randomizer Third Party Administrators may choose to always randomize the particular CDL skills test each applicant is given, using AAMVA 2005 Model procedures, or always give the full form CDL skills test. The Department provides a program that automatically applies the selection rules. TPAs using this program should print out the test selection produced and attach it to the applicant’s score sheet to document compliance. • Testers must accept the test form generated. Rerunning the randomizer to obtain a preferred test type is strictly prohibited.
Pending Questions from St. Petersburg Basic Control Skills Test. Can Florida designate just the Alley Dock maneuver as the third and final exercise? • FMCSA in conjunction with AAMVA have given states the authority to make this choice. States may elect to use just the alley dock for the third maneuver.
Pending Questions from St. Petersburg Should Florida impose time limits on the pre-trip inspection and basic control skills test? Average Statewide Testing Durations Pre-trip full form 45 minutes Pre-trip short form 30 minutes Basic control skills are 22 minutes If Florida implemented a time limit the recommendation would be to double these test times.
Pending Questions from St. Petersburg Proposed full form pre-trip inspection time limit = 90 minutes Proposed short form pre-trip inspection time limit = 60 minutes Proposed basic control skills time limit = 45 minutes