The original intent of the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program was to limit drivers of large trucks and buses to one license and to ensure that they were skilled enough to operate their vehicles safely. Unfortunately, this Congressionally mandated program has loopholes that unqualified drivers are willing to exploit. This article explains how unqualified drivers are avoiding the CDL driving test, obtaining CDLs in multiple states, and escaping penalties from falsifying CDL applications. Prior to program inception, the American Trucking Association warned the Federal Highway Administration that problems would be inherent in a program that was based solely on a Social Security Number system. The exact extent of CDL abuses is unknown; however, many states do report that they have realized significant decreases in the number of citations issued to commercial truck drivers since the program began.

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    Chilton Company, Incorporated

    One Chilton Way
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19089
  • Authors:
    • Cross, R
  • Publication Date: 1995-1


  • English

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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 48-53
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  • Accession Number: 00674156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 22 1995 12:00AM