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COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE ENFORCEMENT BEGINS MAY 1

 COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE ENFORCEMENT BEGINS MAY 1
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Highway Safety officials


today reminded commercial truck and bus drivers about the approaching May 1, deadline for the enforcement of the Commercial Driver License (CDL).
 "We will not ask for an extension of the 30-day enforcement waiver that was issued April 1. Those affected drivers who are found driving without a CDL are subject to enforcement action as of May 1," stated Highway Safety Director Charles D. Shipley.
 Highway Safety statistics show that through March 31, 229,529 CDLs had been issued. From that date through April 15, 16,823 more drivers obtained CDLs, which makes the total commercial driver licenses issued 246,352. Officials estimate that approximately 74,000 drivers still need to obtain CDLs. Shipley is concerned that drivers are still waiting until the last minute to get a CDL.
 Said Shipley, "Our main concern right now is with people who make appointments and fail to show up. These no-shows indicate a lack of regard for other people who need to make appointments to take the tests."
 Shipley also stated that people who are caught after April 30 without a CDL are driving illegally. They will be subject to an arrest and conviction for operating a vehicle without a license, which is a misdemeanor of the first degree resulting in a fine of up to $1,000 and jail-time of up to 6 months. In addition, employers of people driving without a CDL are subject to a fine of up to $5,000, jail-time of up to 90 days or both.
 The Commercial Driver License is a testing procedure required by federal standards to insure that operators of vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds are qualified to drive. Experienced drivers having a driving record free of serious traffic violations for two years prior to applying are candidates for "grandfathering" of the skills test only. All drivers are required to take a written test. Driving experience during those two years must also be proven.
 Knowledge tests are given by appointment at the State Highway Patrol's 94 driver examination stations, and at other locations within communities to groups of 25 or more. Skills tests are administered at facilities in Columbus and Jackson and at 15 other "third party" testing sites open to the public.
 Questions about the CDL program should be directed to the CDL Hotline at 800-686-4CDL.
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 /CONTACT: Leo Skinner or David Cooke both of The Ohio Department of Highway Safety, 614-466-4344/ CO: The Ohio Department of Highway Safety ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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