Washington Semi-truck Laws 46.25.001 – 46.25.005Semi-truck and other commercial vehicle accidents can cause serious injuries and even death to citizens in Washington State.   Due to the serious nature of semi-truck involved accidents, Washington passed the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act found in RCW 46.25.  This Act applies the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act to Washington State.  It is designed to “reduce or prevent commercial motor vehicle accidents, fatalities and other injuries.” (See RCW 46.25.005).

This act:

  • Permits commercial drivers to only have 1 license,
  • Disqualifies commercial drivers who have committed serious traffic violations or other offenses, and
  • Strengthens licensing and testing standards for commercial and semi-truck drivers.

The standards contained in this Act help to ensure that drivers are trained and qualified.

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Washington Semi-truck Laws 46.25.001-46.25.005

RCW 46.25.001: Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act

Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.

RCW 46.25.005: Commercial Drivers License


(1) The purpose of this chapter is to implement the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (CMVSA), Title XII, P.L. 99-570, and reduce or prevent commercial motor vehicle accidents, fatalities, and injuries by:

(a) Permitting commercial drivers to hold only one license;

(b) Disqualifying commercial drivers who have committed certain serious traffic violations, or other specified offenses;

(c) Strengthening licensing and testing standards.

(2) This chapter is a remedial law and shall be liberally construed to promote the public health, safety, and welfare. To the extent that this chapter conflicts with general driver licensing provisions, this chapter prevails. Where this chapter is silent, the general driver licensing provisions apply



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  1. […] 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 […]