Licensing Requirements For Commercial Truck Drivers

Commercial drivers, like all drivers, are subject to a series of requirements to obtain their license. Commercial drivers, however, must pass a much more stringent test and adhere to much more strict requirements than regular drivers. This post will go over the requirements for commercial truck drivers.

Commercial truck drivers are limited by the class of their license. Their license class informs what type of truck and where the driver is permitted to drive. Additionally, drivers must produce a medical certificate attesting that they are fit. The certificate must not be older than two years.

Furthermore, commercial truck drivers who reside in Pennsylvania may not possess licenses from another state. If they have an out of state license, they must surrender it to the Pennsylvania licensing authority, destroying it is insufficient.

Commercial drivers are also required to report any out of state moving violations to their employer and the licensing agency. Failure to follow this reporting requirement or other rules could result in a suspension of their license.

Furthermore, if a driver’s license has been revoked or suspended, owners may not let drivers operate vehicles. That means, if an unlicensed driver hits you, his employer could be liable for your injuries.

If you were injured in an accident with a truck, then you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney. You should especially call a lawyer if you believe the truck driver was unqualified, you could have grounds for a valid claim. A lawyer can go over the facts and advise you on the best strategies to recover the compensation you deserve.

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