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Employees and supervisors responsible for following CDL rules

If you supervise an employee who is required to hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) to fulfill the duties of his or her job, here are a few items you should know.

  1. A Purdue University employee must have a CDL to operate:

A single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds.


A trailer with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds, if the gross combination weight rating is more than 26,000 pounds.


A vehicle designed to transport 16 persons or more (including the driver).


Any size vehicle which requires hazardous materials placards

  1. In Indiana, driving a commercial motor vehicle implies consent to alcohol testing.
  2. No one can drive a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL. A court may fine the driver up to $5,000 or put him or her in jail for breaking this rule.
  3. Purdue University may not let an employee drive a commercial motor vehicle if the employee's CDL is suspended or revoked. A court may fine the employer up to $5,000 or put the employer (possibly the supervisor) in jail for breaking this rule.

(Source: Indiana Department of Revenue CDL Knowledge Test Booklet)

If you have any questions concerning CDLs, please contact me, Pat D. Russell, in Human Resource Services. I am responsible for the administration of the drug and alcohol testing program for commercial motor vehicle operators. You may call me at 49-40269 or e-mail me using the link provided below.

Last, but certainly not least:
Remember to contact me when you have any personnel changes in positions that require holding a CDL. The Department of Transportation rules necessitate completion of specific paperwork as well as the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

- Pat D. Russell
ADA/Leaves/CDL Program Consultant

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