“A Good Truck Driver Can’t even Spell CDL. Just kidding”
What is a Non-CDL CMV?
Holy cow that was a ton of acronyms to have in the first sentence of a blog. Lol
Let’s start with what those mean.
CMV = Commercial Motor Vehicle. In layman’s terms, a CMV is any vehicle that crosses state lines and is used in commerce that has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) over 10,000 lbs. Pretty much any vehicle that pulls trailers or is bigger than a ¾ ton pickup.
*note that if you do not cross state lines then there are several states that do not consider a vehicle to be a CMV until it reaches 26,001 lbs.
CDL = Commercial Driver License. A CDL is required to operate any Hazmat vehicle that carries a placardable amount of material, any vehicle with a GVWR over 26,000, or any vehicle that was built to transport 16 or passengers including the driver.
Hopefully, that helps to clear up some confusion that might be around those.
A Non-CDL CMV is any vehicle that crosses state lines and is used in commerce that has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) over 10,000lbs.
Pretty much any vehicle that pulls trailers or is bigger than a ¾ ton pickup. That is used for business.
A great example would be a mechanics service truck where you work in Louisiana but live in Texas. Let’s say that it’s an F550 and has a GVWR of 19,500 lbs.
Since it’s GVWR is under 26,000 then no CDL is required to operate that unit. But the driver is still considered a CMV driver since it is rated over 10,000 and you are crossing state lines. Therefore you would need to meet all of the requirements for FMCSA for a CMV driver.
What does a CMV need to have to be legal?
- Company logo or name on both sides of the truck
- USDOT Number legible from 50’ in a contrasting color on each side of the truck
- 3 Reflective DOT triangles
- 1, 10 lb Fire extinguisher
- Spare Fuses
- Annual DOT Inspection
Since a CMV driver is not required to have a CDL to drive a Non-CDL CMV what do they need to be legal?
- Valid Driver license
- Valid DOT Medical Card
- Valid Driver Qualification File (see our blog on DQ files)
- Up to date HOS (Hours of Service) Yes all CMV drivers CDL or Non-CDL are required to abide by FMCSA’s HOS regulations. (for more watch our Blog Webinar on HOS)
We sure hope this was helpful.
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