Public Chapter 50

HOUSE BILL NO. 31

By Representatives Buck, Pinion

Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 772

By Senator Burks

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 50, relative to commercial driver licenses.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-50-322(c), is amended by adding the following as a new subdivision:

(3) The department shall not reject the applicant for a commercial driver license if the examiner believes the condition of the vehicle is unsafe for operation, unless the examiner requests an inspection of the vehicle by a qualified commercial vehicle inspector of the department. Such vehicle, and all commercial vehicles inspected by the department, shall be inspected in accordance with the North American Standard Uniform Inspection procedures outlined by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. A commercial vehicle placed out-of-service for mechanical or safety defects by the qualified inspector shall be placed out-of-service for safety defects as defined in the North American Uniform Out-of-Service Criteria. The applicant shall be given a written report listing all defects by the inspector and informed of necessary repairs to cause the vehicle to be in compliance. The examiner shall not conduct a road test if the commercial vehicle inspector determines that the vehicle does not meet the standards defined in the North American Uniform Out-of-Service Criteria.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 1997, the public welfare requiring it.