Driver’s of commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks and their employers have specific duties they must comply with under the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act. If a commercial driver’s license is suspended, revoke, canceled or disqualified they must inform their employer and their employer must not allow them to drive the commercial vehicle.
Why? To ensure that commercial drivers of semi-trucks, buses, and other commercial drivers are fully licensed and qualified to operate these vehicles and protect the citizens and another driver’s in Washington state from being involved in an accident with an unlicensed and/or unqualified commercial driver. Drivers and their employers could face civil fines or criminal penalties for violating the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.
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The Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act regarding the duties of employees and employers are as follows:
RCW 46.25.030: Duties of Driver
(1)(a) A driver of a commercial motor vehicle holding a driver’s license issued by this state who is convicted of violating a state law or local ordinance relating to motor vehicle traffic control, in any other state or federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal laws of Canada, other than parking violations, shall notify the department in the manner specified by rule of the department within thirty days of the date of conviction.
(b) A driver of a commercial motor vehicle holding a driver’s license issued by this state who is convicted of violating a state law or local ordinance relating to motor vehicle traffic control in this or any other state or federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal laws of Canada, other than parking violations, shall notify his or her employer in writing of the conviction within thirty days of the date of conviction.
(c) The notification requirements contained in (a) and (b) of this subsection as they relate to the federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal laws of Canada become effective only when the federal law or federal rules are changed to require the notification or a bilateral or multilateral agreement is entered into between the state of Washington and any Canadian province implementing essentially the same standards of regulation and penalties of all parties as encompassed in this chapter.
(2) A driver whose driver’s license is suspended, revoked, or canceled by a state, who loses the privilege to drive a commercial motor vehicle in a state for any period, or who is disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for any period, shall notify his or her employer of that fact before the end of the business day following the day the driver received notice of that fact.
(3) A person who applies to be a commercial motor vehicle driver shall provide the employer, at the time of the application, with the following information for the ten years preceding the date of application:
(a) A list of the names and addresses of the applicant’s previous employers for which the applicant was a driver of a commercial motor vehicle;
(b) The dates between which the applicant drove for each employer; and
(c) The reason for leaving that employer.
The applicant shall certify that all information furnished is true and complete. An employer may require an applicant to provide additional information.
RCW 46.25.040: Duties of Employer
(1) An employer shall require the applicant to provide the information specified in RCW 46.25.030(3).
(2) No employer may knowingly allow, permit, or authorize a driver to drive a commercial motor vehicle during any period:
(a) In which the driver has a driver’s license suspended, revoked, or canceled by a state, has lost the privilege to drive a commercial motor vehicle in a state, or has been disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle; or
(b) In which the driver has more than one driver’s license.
RCW 46.25.170: Civil and Criminal Penalties
(1) A person subject to RCW 81.04.405 who is determined by the utilities and transportation commission, after notice, to have committed an act that is in violation of RCW 46.25.020, 46.25.030, 46.25.040, 46.25.050, or 46.25.110 is liable to Washington state for the civil penalties provided for in RCW 81.04.405.
(2) A person who violates or fails to comply with, or who procures, aids, or abets in the violation of any provision of RCW 46.25.020, 46.25.030, 46.25.040, 46.25.050, or 46.25.110 is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
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