HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
Effective February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requiring states to comply with federal regulations requiring entry level driver training for certain first-time commercial driver license applicants. This Act modifies the statutes to comply with the requirement. Failure to comply will result in a penalty. The first year the State fails to comply will result in the withholding of 4 per cent of funds required to be apportioned to Hawaii under title 23 United States Code section 104(b)(1) and (2). The second and subsequent years the State is out of compliance result in an 8 per cent penalty. The dollar amounts that will be withheld respectively are $6,185,220 and $12,370,440.
SECTION 2. Section 286-236, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§286-236 Commercial driver's license qualification standards. (a) No person shall be issued a commercial driver's license unless that person:
(1) Meets the qualification standards of title 49
Code of Federal Regulations[
,] part 391,
subparts B and E;
(2) Has passed a knowledge and driving skills test for driving a commercial motor vehicle that complies with minimum federal standards established by federal regulation enumerated in title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, part 383, subparts G and H;
(3) Is domiciled in this State as defined in title
49 Code of Federal Regulations[
(4) Has satisfied all other requirements of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, Public Law 99-570, title XII, in addition to other requirements imposed by state law or federal regulation.
The tests shall be prescribed by the director and
administered by the respective county examiner of drivers. The test examiners shall communicate with the
applicant only in English during the skills test. As of January 30, 2012, the examiner of
drivers shall verify that the medical certification status of a driver who
self-certified according to title 49 Code of Federal Regulations section 383.71(b)(1)(i),
non-excepted interstate, is certified. If
a driver submits a current medical examiner's certificate, the examiner of
drivers shall date-stamp the certificate and post all required information to
the commercial driver's license information system pursuant to title 49 Code of
Federal Regulations section 383.73(b)(5) and in accordance with title 49 Code
of Federal Regulations section 383.73(o). A person who is not physically qualified to
drive under title 49 Code of Federal Regulations section 391.41(b)(1)[
or (2)[ , or (3)] and who is otherwise qualified to drive a motor
vehicle may be granted an intrastate waiver by the director. The process for granting intrastate waivers
shall be the same as that for interstate waivers in title 49 Code of Federal
Regulations section 391.49, except that the intrastate waiver requests shall be
submitted to the director.
(b) The examiner of drivers may waive the driving skills test specified in this section for a commercial driver's license applicant who meets the requirements of title 49 Code of Federal Regulations section 383.77 or 383.123(b).
(c) A commercial driver's license or commercial learner's permit, including a provisional or temporary license or permit, shall not be issued to a person while the person is subject to a disqualification from driving a commercial motor vehicle, or while the person's driver's license is suspended, revoked, or canceled in any state; or while the person holds a driver's license issued by any other state unless the person first surrenders that license.
(d) A commercial learner's permit may be issued to
an individual who holds a valid driver's license, is at least eighteen years of
age, meets the qualification standards of title 49 Code of Federal Regulations[
part 391, subparts B and E, and has passed the written tests required for the
desired class of a commercial driver's license.
(e) The commercial learner's permit shall not be
valid for a period in excess of one hundred eighty days[
.] from the
date that the applicant passes the general or endorsement knowledge test. When driving a commercial motor vehicle, the
holder of a commercial learner's permit shall be accompanied by a person with a
valid commercial driver's license to operate that category of commercial motor
vehicle with the proper endorsements. The licensed person shall occupy the seat
beside the individual for the purpose of giving instruction in driving the
commercial motor vehicle. The commercial
learner's permit may be renewed no more than an additional one hundred eighty
days without requiring the commercial learner's permit holder to retake the
general or endorsement knowledge tests, and the applicant requalifies meeting
the requirements of subsection (d). The
commercial learner's permit holder is eligible to take the commercial driver's
license skills test no earlier than fourteen days after obtaining the permit.
(f) The examiner of drivers may waive the knowledge and skills tests specified in this section for any person who is at least twenty-one years of age and who possesses a valid commercial driver's license issued by any state of the United States, Mexico, or a province of Canada that issues licenses in accordance with the minimum federal standards for the issuance of commercial driver's licenses. The examiner of drivers shall accept the test scores of a Hawaii commercial learner's permit holder who completes training in another state in the United States and is tested in compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations by that state in association with the training. The testing state shall electronically transmit in a secure manner the skills test results directly to the examiner of drivers, and if the applicant passed, and meets all other requirements, a Hawaii commercial driver's license shall be issued. To retain a hazardous materials endorsement, the applicant shall pass the knowledge test for a hazardous materials endorsement and be determined by the federal Transportation Security Administration not to pose a security risk warranting denial of the endorsement.
(g) Every applicant shall successfully complete the commercial driver's license general knowledge test before being issued a commercial learner's permit. A driver holding a valid commercial driver's license who seeks an upgrade for which a skills test is required shall also pass the appropriate knowledge test prior to obtaining a commercial learner's permit. As of February 7, 2022, every applicant must complete the entry-level driver training requirements as specified in title 49 Code of Federal Regulations part 380, subpart F, prior to taking the skills test for class A or class B commercial driver's license, passenger endorsement, or school bus endorsement, and prior to taking the knowledge test for a hazardous materials endorsement."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act, upon its approval, shall take effect on November 1, 2021.
Transportation; Commercial Driver's License
Adds a requirement for certain commercial driver's license applicants to complete an entry-level driver training course before taking a skills test for licensure.
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