Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Standards: Granting of Exemption; Volvo Trucks North America
FMCSA announces its decision to grant Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.'s (Volvo) application for exemption to enable one of its drivers to test-drive commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the United States without a commercial driver's license (CDL) issued by one of the States. Volvo asserts that the exemption is necessary to support a field test to meet future air quality standards and to test-drive Volvo prototype CMVs. Volvo's driver holds a valid CDL issued in Sweden but lacks the U.S. residency necessary to obtain a CDL issued by one of the States. FMCSA believes the knowledge and skills testing and training program that drivers must undergo to obtain a Swedish CDL ensure that Volvo's driver will achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Cargo Insurance for Property Loss or Damage
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration eliminates the requirement for most for-hire motor common carriers of property and freight forwarders to maintain cargo insurance in prescribed minimum amounts and file evidence of this insurance with FMCSA. Household goods motor carriers and household goods freight forwarders will continue to be subject to this cargo insurance requirement.