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39:3-10.18      Possession of valid commercial driver license mandatory.

a.

(1)     (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2005, c.147).

(2)     On and after April 1, 1992, and except when operating under a valid commercial driver examination or learner’s permit and accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver license valid for the class or type of vehicle being operated, a person shall not operate a commercial motor vehicle unless the person has been issued and is in possession of a valid commercial driver license and applicable endorsements for the class and type of vehicle being operated. A person shall not operate a commercial motor vehicle if the person is restricted from operating a commercial vehicle of that class or type.

(3)     A person violating this subsection shall be fined not less than $250 or more than $500, or imprisoned for not more than 60 days, or both. If that person has never been licensed to operate a commercial motor vehicle in this State or any other jurisdiction, the chief administrator shall refuse to issue a license to operate a commercial motor vehicle to that person for a period of 180 days from the date of the violation. This penalty shall not be applicable in cases where failure to have actual possession of the commercial driver license is due to an administrative or technical error by the commission. If a person charged with a failure to have possession of a valid commercial driver license can exhibit the license to the judge of the court before whom he is summoned to answer to a charge and the license was valid on the day the person was charged, the judge may dismiss the charge. However, the judge may impose court costs.

b.

(1)     A person who has been refused a commercial driver license, whose commercial motor vehicle driving privilege or any endorsement has been suspended or revoked, who has been prohibited or disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle, who is subject to an out-of-service order, or whose driving privilege is suspended or revoked, shall not operate a commercial motor vehicle during the period of refusal, suspension, revocation, prohibition, or disqualification, or during the period of the out-of-service order.

(2)     A person who violates this subsection shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $500 or more than $5,000 for each offense, or imprisoned for a term of not more than 90 days, or both; provided, however, a person who operates a commercial motor vehicle during the period of an out-of-service order shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $1,100 or more than $2,750 and may be imprisoned for a term of not more than 90 days. If a person is involved in an accident resulting in personal injury to another person while operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of this subsection, the court shall impose both a period of imprisonment for 90 days and a fine of $5,000.

(3)     An employer shall not knowingly allow, require, permit or authorize a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle during the period of refusal, suspension, revocation, prohibition, disqualification, or during the period of the out-of-service order. An employer who is convicted of a violation of this subsection shall be subject to a fine of not less than $2,750 or more than $11,000.

In addition, the commercial motor vehicle driving privilege of a person convicted under this subsection shall be suspended in accordance with section 12 of this act.

L.1990,c.103,s.10; amended 2005, c.147, s.6.

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