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                         SENATE BILL 6463



State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Gardner, Benton, Haugen, Horn, Hochstatter and Winsley


Read first time 01/17/2002.  Referred to Committee on Transportation.

Requiring English language ability for a commercial driver's license.

    AN ACT Relating to requirements for a commercial driver's license; and amending RCW 46.25.060.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 46.25.060 and 1989 c 178 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1)(a) No person may be issued a commercial driver's license unless that person is a resident of this state and has passed a knowledge and skills test for driving a commercial motor vehicle that complies with minimum federal standards established by federal regulation enumerated in 49 C.F.R. part 383, subparts G and H, and has satisfied all other requirements of the CMVSA in addition to other requirements imposed by state law or federal regulation.  Additionally, applicants must be able to show that they can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records.  The tests must be prescribed and conducted by the department.  In addition to the fee charged for issuance or renewal of any license, the applicant shall pay a fee of no more than ten dollars for each classified knowledge examination, classified endorsement knowledge examination, or any combination of classified license and endorsement knowledge examinations.  The applicant shall pay a fee of no more than fifty dollars for each classified skill examination or combination of classified skill examinations conducted by the department.

    (b) The department may authorize a person, including an agency of this or another state, an employer, a private driver training facility, or other private institution, or a department, agency, or instrumentality of local government, to administer the skills test specified by this section under the following conditions:

    (i) The test is the same which would otherwise be administered by the state;

    (ii) The third party has entered into an agreement with the state that complies with the requirements of 49 C.F.R. part 383.75; and

    (iii) The director has adopted rules as to the third party testing program and the development and justification for fees charged by any third party.

    (2) The department may waive the skills test specified in this section for a commercial driver's license applicant who meets the requirements of 49 C.F.R. part 383.77.

    (3) A commercial driver's license or commercial driver's instruction permit may 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, nor may a commercial driver's license be issued to a person who has a commercial driver's license issued by any other state unless the person first surrenders all such licenses, which must be returned to the issuing state for cancellation.

    (4)(a) A commercial driver's instruction permit may be issued to an individual who holds a valid automobile or classified driver's license.

    (b) A commercial driver's instruction permit may not be issued for a period to exceed six months.  Only one renewal or reissuance may be granted within a two-year period.  The holder of a commercial driver's instruction permit may drive a commercial motor vehicle on a highway only when accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver's license valid for the type of vehicle driven who occupies a seat beside the individual for the purpose of giving instruction in driving the commercial motor vehicle.  An application for a commercial driver's instruction permit shall be accompanied by a fee of five dollars.  The department shall forthwith transmit the fees collected for commercial driver's instruction permits to the state treasurer.


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