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Business Policy and Procedure Manual
University of Missouri-Columbia
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
March 1999
Chapter 6
PROPERTY, EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
Section: 6:085
Commercial Driver's License

Commercial Driver's License

The Uniform Commercial Driver's License Act no longer exempts University employees from the requirement of hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) if the employee operates a vehicle which weights over 26,000 pounds, hauls hazardous materials, or is designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.

Licensing

Drivers currently holding a State of Missouri chauffeur's or operator's license may continue to perform their jobs under the law until the date their license is renewed or unit April 1, 1992.

Application for Commercial Driver's License

  • Drivers of commercial vehicles who currently hold a chauffeur's license will be mailed an application by the Missouri Driver's License Bureau.
  • Drivers of commercial vehicles who currently hold an operator's license will be provided an application form by the University.

Fees

Drivers are responsible for license fees. The University will not pay the CDL license fee.
NOTE: As of April 1, 1992, both employers and employee are subject to substantial fines for non-compliance.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

Drivers of commercial motor vehicles in any of the following classification are required to take certain test before renewing their Missouri driver's license.

Classifications

  • Class A: Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) or registered gross weight of 26,001 or more pounds provided the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. Holders of a Class A license may also, with appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Classes B, C, and H.
  • Class B: Any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or a registered gross weight of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. Holders of a Class B license may also, with appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Class C.
  • Class C: Any single vehicle less than 26,001 pounds gross weight rating, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. This group applies to only vehicles which are placarded for hazardous materials or designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the operator.
  • Class H: The holder of a Class H license may drive a pick-up truck which has fifth wheel mounting and tow a trailer or flatbed via a gooseneck hookup or similar type combination an which has a gross vehicle weight rating or registered gross weight of 26,001 or more pounds. Holders of a Class H license may also, with appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Classes B and C.

Special Conditions

The commercial driver's license will have specific endorsements for special conditions:
  • Hazardous Materials: Any vehicle required to be placarded by the Department of Transportation.
  • Passenger: Any vehicle designed to carry 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Tank Vehicle: Any tank with a rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more which is designed to transport liquid or gaseous materials.
  • Double/Triple Trailer: Any vehicle towing double or triple trailers.

Restrictions

The commercial driver's license may also carry specific restrictions:
  • Air Brake: If a driver does not take the written air brake test, a restriction to drive a vehicle without air brakes will be placed on the license. If a road test is required, the test must be taken in a vehicle equipped with air brakes.

Testing

Drivers possessing a chauffeur's license or operator's license will not be eligible to obtain the commercial driver's license (CDL) until the current license expires or until April 1, 1992.

Written Examinations

The number of written tests a driver must take depends on the classifications, conditions, and restrictions the driver seeks. To pass, the driver must receive a score of 80 percent or better on each test. Drivers cannot expect to pass the test based on experience alone. Manuals are available at Highway Patrol examination stations.

Skills Test

If the pre-trip, basic controls and road tests are not waived, the driver must schedule the tests in advance with the State Highway Patrol.
  • A University employee may use a University vehicle for the CDL road test; however, should the employee fail the first road test, the use of a University vehicle is not permitted for retesting [See also: 6:080 Use of University Vehicles.]

Traffice Violation Convictions

Any conviction for traffic violations, other than parking, occurring while operating a commercial vehicle must be reported by the staff member to the Missouri Department of Revenue, Driver's License Bureau, Jefferson City, Missouri and to the employee's University supervisor within 30 days of conviction.

Where to Find More Information

Contact Administrative Services (882-7254), 311 Jesse Hall, for additional information about commercial driver's licenses.