Wisconsin bills would toughen, ease truck rules

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/14/2013

Two Wisconsin bills introduced in recent weeks would toughen one truck rule and ease another rule.

The first bill addresses an effort to make it easier for veterans to get back to work driving truck.

Sponsored by Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, SB240 would allow service personnel returning from duty to exchange their military CDL for a state-issued CDL without requiring a driving test. However, the written portion of the test will not be waived.

Certain exceptions would apply.

The second bill would make changes to Wisconsin law concerning commercial driver’s licenses to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Sponsored by Rep. John Spiros, R-Marshfield, AB283 would beef up the punishment for first-time offenders of the out-of-service rules. Getting behind the wheel of a truck while in OOS status would result in the driver’s license being suspended for six months – up from 90 days.

Driving suspensions for repeat offenses within 10 years are already set at two years.

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

Wisconsin faces the loss of up to 10 percent of federal highway if they don’t boost suspensions for first offenders.

The bills are in their respective chamber’s transportation committee.

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