Nevada bills cover trucking issues

| 12/30/2010

Anyone who violates out-of-service orders in Nevada could soon pay a steeper price for their actions.

At the request of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Senate Transportation Chairwoman Shirley Breeden, D-Henderson, has prefiled a bill – SB51 – that would bring Nevada’s commercial driver’s licensing rules in compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Another bill specifies fees and fines related to certain replacement permits.

All legislation can be considered during the session that begins in February 2011.

Changes to beef up out-of-service violations would make drivers responsible for paying at least $2,500 fines. Anyone caught more than once would pay $5,000.

Motor carriers would face greater punishment. Employers convicted of knowingly allowing, requiring, permitting or authorizing a driver in OOS status to get behind the wheel face up to $25,000 fines.

The length of a driver’s suspension for violating an OOS order would be significant. Getting behind the wheel of a truck subject to an OOS order would result in the driver’s license being suspended for between six months and one year. Repeat offenses within 10 years would result in loss of driving privileges for between two and five years.

OOIDA leadership says that states have every incentive to make sure their rules mirror federal standards. Not only do they see it as a safety issue, but they are also seeking to protect their pocketbooks from federal sanctions.

Non-compliance could result in a five percent loss of federal highway aid, complete loss of all federal grants, and a $5,000-a-day fine.

Another bill – SB48 – would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue replacement permits for tractor-trailers coupled with two or three trailers. The fee would be $50.

Anyone found to be using a lost or stolen permit would face a $2,500 fine.

Revenue from the fines and fees would be put into the state’s highway fund.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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