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Answer: The regulations that address this question are found in FMCSA CFR 383.3

§383.3 Applicability. (a) The rules in this part apply to every person who operates a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate, foreign, or intrastate commerce, to all employers of such persons, and all States.  The definition of a commercial motor vehicle for this regulation is as follows:

A commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle:

  1. Has a gross combination weight rating of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds); or
  2. Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or more); or
  3. Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
  4. Is of any size and is used in transporting hazardous materials as defined in this section.


The following are questions that frequently are asked about the CDL and have been addressed by the FMCSA:

  • May a person operate a CMV wholly on private property, not open to public travel, without a CDL?  Answer: YES
  • Do mechanics, salesmen, shop help, and occasional drivers need a CDL if they are only test-driving a CMV?  Answer: YES, if the CMV is operated on a public street, road, or highway.
  • I have moved. How long do I have to get my CDL license reissued by my new state of residence?  Answer: 30 Days.

Do the regulations require a person driving an empty school bus for a test drive or transport have a CDL?  Answer: Yes, a CDL would be required if the bus is designed to transport 16 or more passengers and the bus has an MGVWR that exceeds 26,000lbs.  However, a passenger endorsement would not be required since the unit is empty.

A driver operates a tractor of exactly 26,000 pounds GVWR, towing a trailer of exactly 10,000 pounds GVWR for a GCWR of 36,000 pounds. HM and passengers are not involved. Is it a CMV, and does the driver need a CDL?   Answer: No to both questions. Although the vehicle has a GVWR of 36,000 pounds, it is not a CMV under any part of the definition of that term in CFR, and a CDL is not federally required.

October 2022 is National Pedestrian Safety Month


More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation, exercise, relaxation, or other activities. The benefits of walking extend beyond personal and physical to environmental benefits that can lead to healthier, quieter, cleaner, and safer streets. Walking can also improve local economies and enhance social and community engagement, leading to more vibrant, resilient, and livable spaces.

Unfortunately, in 2019, 6,205 pedestrians were killed and 76,000 injured in traffic crashes. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes and injured every 7 minutes in 2019. 

Please use these materials to increase awareness about how we can combat pedestrian crashes in our communities.

Click on the following for additional 2022 Pedestrian Safety information:

Got Chains?

Got chain

If you are operating in a state that requires chains to be on board, ensure the chains are the correct size, adequately secured, clean, and not broken to be easily applied when necessary. 

Not sure what your states chain laws are going to be: