Section 391.11 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) states that you must meet certain minimum requirements in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). These qualifications are as follows:
- Must be 21 years old;
- Must be able to read and speak English well enough to converse, understand traffic
signs, respond to official inquiries and fillout required forms and reports;
- Must have experience or training to safely operate the type of equipment you drive;
- Must pass a required physical exam and are physically qualified to drive;
- Must have passed and be issued a certificate of Driver's Road Test;
- Must provide your employer a list of any violations for which you have been convicted in the last 12 months;
- Must not be disqualified to drive a CMV;
- Must have a valid operator's license for the class of vehicle being operated.
You must also be able to determine whether the cargo you transport is properly loaded, distributed and secured.
As stated in 49 CFR Part 391 Subpart E you must pass a physical examination and have a medical examiners report and certificate in your possession. May Trucking Company must also keep a copy of the medical certificate in your driver qualification file.
Section 391.41 Subpart E of the FMCSR lists the physical characteristics that will disqualify you from driving a CMV. Your medical examiner will be familiar with these limits and will discuss them with you if necessary. You must also be familiar with these physical characteristics and inform the company of any changes in your health that may prohibit you from qualifying to drive.