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TROOPERS FOCUS ON UNQUALIFIED DRIVERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 13, 2013
Bismarck, N.D. - Troopers from across the state traveled to western North Dakota last week to participate in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement saturation. The goal of the three-day effort was to identify and remove drivers from behind the wheel who were operating CMVs without proper training and/or licensing authority. The effort resulted in more than 100 citations being issued and 35 drivers being placed out of service for failing to have proper qualifications to drive the vehicle they were operating. The saturation occurred west of U.S. Highway 83 and north of Interstate 94.
Federal regulations divide commercial vehicles into groups, or classes, based upon vehicle size and type of load. Larger vehicles, multiple-connected vehicles, and certain types of load materials pose a more significant danger to the public. “We are finding that a majority of the violations stem from a lack of knowledge,” stated Sgt. Mitch Rumple. “The Highway Patrol encourages companies to ensure their drivers are properly qualified to operate commercial vehicles.”
The NDHP has noticed an increase in the number of CMVs being driven by operators who have not passed the necessary knowledge and skills tests for the class of vehicle they are operating. These violations occur more frequently in western North Dakota, as the demand for truck drivers is high. Please visit the North Dakota Department of Transportation Licensing and Registration website at http://www.dot.nd.gov/public/licensing.htm for more information about commercial driver’s license requirements.