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S.B. 282

             1     

CREDIT FOR VETERAN TRAINING

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Todd Weiler

             5     
House Sponsor: Don L. Ipson

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows a veteran to receive a commercial driver license under specified
             10      conditions.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows a veteran to receive a commercial driver license if the veteran:
             14              .    meets the qualifications for the license;
             15              .    for at least two years prior to applying, worked in a military unit which required
             16      the skills necessary for the license; and
             17              .    was honorably discharged.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          53-3-407, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 196
             25     
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 53-3-407 is amended to read:


             28           53-3-407. Qualifications for commercial driver license -- Fee -- Third parties may
             29      administer skills test.
             30          (1) (a) As used in this section, "CDL driver training school" means a business
             31      enterprise conducted by an individual, association, partnership, or corporation that:
             32          (i) educates and trains persons, either practically or theoretically, or both, to drive
             33      commercial motor vehicles; and
             34          (ii) prepares an applicant for an examination under Subsection (2)(a)(ii) or (2)(b)(i)(B).
             35          (b) A CDL driver training school may charge a consideration or tuition for the services
             36      provided under Subsection (1)(a).
             37          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b) and (c), a CDL may be issued only to a
             38      person who:
             39          (i) is a resident of this state;
             40          (ii) has passed a test of knowledge and skills for driving a commercial motor vehicle,
             41      that complies with minimum standards established by federal regulation in 49 C.F.R., Part 383,
             42      Subparts G and H; and
             43          (iii) has complied with all requirements of 49 C.F.R., Part 383 and other applicable
             44      state laws and federal regulations.
             45          (b) (i) A temporary CDL may be issued to a person who:
             46          (A) is enrolled in a CDL driver training school located in Utah;
             47          (B) has passed a test of knowledge and skills for driving a commercial motor vehicle,
             48      that complies with minimum standards established by federal regulation in 49 C.F.R. Part 383,
             49      Subparts G and H; and
             50          (C) has complied with all requirements of 49 C.F.R. Part 383, Subparts G and H.
             51          (ii) A temporary CDL issued under this Subsection (2)(b):
             52          (A) is valid for 60 days; and
             53          (B) may not be renewed or extended.
             54          (iii) Except as provided in this section and Subsections 53-3-204 (1)(a)(iv),
             55      53-3-205 (8)(a)(i)(E) and (8)(b), and 53-3-410 (1)(c), the provisions, requirements, classes,
             56      endorsements, fees, restrictions, and sanctions under this code apply to a temporary CDL
             57      issued under this Subsection (2)(b) in the same way as a commercial driver license issued
             58      under this part.


             59          (c) The department shall waive the skills test specified in this section for a commercial
             60      driver license applicant who, subject to the limitations and requirements of 49 C.F.R., Part
             61      383.77, meets all certifications required for a waiver under 49 C.F.R., Part 383.77 and certifies
             62      that the applicant:
             63          (i) is a member of the active or reserve components of any branch or unit of the armed
             64      forces or a veteran who received an honorable discharge from any branch or unit of the active
             65      or reserve components of the armed forces;
             66          (ii) is or was regularly employed in a position in the armed forces requiring operation
             67      of a commercial motor vehicle; and
             68          (iii) has legally operated, while on active duty for at least two years immediately
             69      preceding application for a commercial driver license, a vehicle representative of the
             70      commercial motor vehicle the driver applicant operates or expects to operate.
             71          (3) Tests required under this section shall be prescribed and administered by the
             72      division.
             73          (4) The division shall authorize a person, an agency of this or another state, an
             74      employer, a private driver training facility or other private institution, or a department, agency,
             75      or entity of local government to administer the skills test required under this section if:
             76          (a) the test is the same test as prescribed by the division, and is administered in the
             77      same manner; and
             78          (b) the party authorized under this section to administer the test has entered into an
             79      agreement with the state that complies with the requirements of 49 C.F.R., Part 383.75.
             80          (5) A person who has an appointment with the division for testing and fails to keep the
             81      appointment or to cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment shall pay the fee
             82      under Section 53-3-105 .
             83          (6) A person authorized under this section to administer the skills test is not criminally
             84      or civilly liable for the administration of the test unless he administers the test in a grossly
             85      negligent manner.
             86          (7) The division may waive the skills test required under this section if it determines
             87      that the applicant meets the requirements of 49 C.F.R., Part 383.77.
             88          Section 2. Effective date.
             89          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2012.






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