2015-07-02 / News

New federal rules require CDL learner’s permits

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) will be implement­ing several legislative changes on July 1, 2015 that will affect com­mercial driver testing. House Bill 118, passed during the 2015 Session of the Georgia General Assembly also limits cellphone use while op­erating a commercial vehicle. These procedural changes bring Georgia into compliance with new Federal mandates.

House Bill 118 Testing Procedure Changes (Commercial Driver)

• Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) customers must hold a CDL learner’s permit for a minimum of 14 days (two weeks) before scheduling a CDL road test.

• Commercial learner’s permits are obtained by providing all previously required documentation and success­fully passing a General Knowledge Test and testing for any endorse­ments (if required).

• The CDL learner’s permit will be valid for 180 days (six months) and may be renewed one time for an additional 180 days (six months).

• Upon the expiration of the second 180 day term, the CDL learner’s permit holder shall upgrade to a commercial driver’s license after the appropriate vehicle testing, or the customer shall submit a new application, pay the required fees, and retake the required knowledge and skills tests to obtain a new CDL instructional permit.

Use of mobile phone restrictions (Commercial Drivers)

No person shall operate a com­mercial motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while:

• Holding a wireless telecommu­nications device to conduct a voice communication;

• Using more than a single button on a wireless telecommunications device to initiate or terminate a voice communication; or

• Reaching for a wireless telecom­munications device in such a manner that requires the driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position properly restrained by a safety belt.

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