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December 12, 2011

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Senate Committee Marks-up Another Bill with CDL Report Requirement

What Inspired You at the AOA Conference?

CDL Report Provision in S. 453 Approved by Senate Committee

The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation just passed S. 1950 by party line vote, 13-11. The Bill includes a provision that requires the Secretary of Transportation to submit a report within 18 months on the costs and benefits of limiting application of a CDL requirement for 9 to 15 passenger vans. The Report Requirement is NOT a requirement for a CDL but a requirement for a report on the costs and benefits of a CDL requirement for “all or certain classes of drivers” with more emphasis on limiting the requirement for some classes of drivers.  This language is better than the provisions in the Motor Coach Safety Enhancement Act, S. 453, which was marked up by the same committee earlier this year. The split vote on this bill, however, tends to indicate that it may be subject to filibuster over other provisions. Either Senate bill will have to pass the House, which is unlikely in the near term.

Here is the provision in S. 453
(a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives that examines requiring all or certain classes of drivers operating a vehicle, which is designed or used to transport not fewer than 9 and not more than 15 passengers (including a driver) in interstate commerce, to have a commercial driver’s license passenger-carrying endorsement and be tested in accordance with a drug and alcohol testing program under part 40 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
(b) CONSIDERATIONS.—In developing the report under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consider—
(1) the safety benefits of the requirement described in subsection (a);
(2) the scope of the population that would be impacted by such requirement;
(3) the cost to the Federal Government and State governments to meet such requirement; and
(4) the impact on safety benefits and cost from limiting the application of such requirement to certain drivers of such vehicles, such as drivers who are compensated for driving.

Thanks to Jon Simon, our Washington counsel, for the heads up on this provision.

What Inspiration Did You Get at the AOA Conference?

AOA's conference in Reno was by all accounts a great success.  Thanks to all of you who made it possible through your attendance and support for the exhibitors at the event.  We'll get the pictures on Facebook soon and have special video on the website.  Here is one attendees account, "I wanted to thank you for an excellent, efficiently-run, instructive, useful, inspiring, and fun conference!  You and the gang have got it figured out!  Thanks for making it a good week for everyone.  I'm hoping to get a van full of mid-level NOC Department Heads to Daytona next year, so they can get re-inspired about customer service, etc.  John Burton, CFO, Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Did something at the conference inspire you?  Submit your remarks and ideas for Daytona Beach, December 4 - 6 on the America Outdoors Association Facebook page.

We have Joseph Michelli's presentation as well as several others. If you want a copy please send an email to


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