|Compliance Question of the Week Question: : Must I give any new driver applicant a “road test” as part of the hiring process? Answer: Yes, under 49 CFR 391.31 and 391.33 a road test must be given. According to 391.33, you may use a copy of the valid driver’s license to satisfy the requirement BUT ** it is important to note that under Connecticut state law, any driver of a CMV that has a GVWR of over 18,000 pounds MUST be given a road test, and the alternative copy of license is NOT acceptable. To ensure it is documented correctly, a road test form should be used and kept in the drivers file.|
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Rhode Island Considers Banning Trucks On Secondary Roads, Reportedly To Force Them To Use Toll Roads
Truck-Only Toll Sparks Outcry Among TruckersThe truck-only toll legislation was signed into law by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo in February of 2016 in spite of strong outcry from the trucking industry. Raimondo justified tolling only truck drivers (many of whom are from out-of-state) because she says that they do most of the damage to Rhode Island’s infrastructure. The plan is expected to raise $45 million per year to fund repairs of the state’s roads and bridges. Only truckers will be asked to pay the tolls, which will start collecting money around the end of the year. It could cost a truck driver as much as $20 to cross the state using I-95 when toll collection begins. Many truckers have vowed to avoid Rhode Island to protest the tolls. Others have said that they would find a way around paying the tolls if they did enter Rhode Island.
Ban Would Forbid Trucks On 14 RoadsToday the Rhode Island State Traffic Commission (RISTC) will consider a request from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to ban truck traffic on 14 different stretches of roadway throughout the state. WPRI comments that “An Eyewitness News review of the proposed locations shows that many of the routes would allow truckers to get around the proposed toll gantry locations, although RIDOT did not cite that as a reason for the request.” The RISTC notes that trucks would be allowed on the roads “for the purpose of reaching the National Network from these roads, reaching a local area, or to access food, rest, fuel, or repairs…” The Rhode Island Trucking Association has promised to file suit over the truck-only tolls.