Wyoming nears passage of federal truck rules

| 1/25/2011

A bill halfway through the Wyoming statehouse would adopt federal truck rules.

The Senate voted 23-7 to advance a bill to the House that would put the state in accordance with the FMCSA?s 2012 medical certification requirements.

CDL holders operating interstate must submit a copy of their medical certificates to the state DOT. Failure to do so could result in the loss of commercial driving privileges or having their CDLs downgraded.

A separate provision in the bill specifies that anyone who violates out-of-service orders in Wyoming must pay a steep price.

Fines for first offenders would be $2,500 fines. Anyone caught more than once would be responsible for paying at least $5,000.

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

Another provision in the bill would lengthen the duration of a driver?s suspension for violating an OOS order. Getting behind the wheel of a truck subject to an OOS order would result in the driver?s license being suspended for six months. State law now authorizes 90-day suspensions.

Repeat offenses within 10 years would result in loss of driving privileges for two years ? up from one year.

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 states 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.

The bill ? SF18 ? is awaiting assignment to committee in the House.

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