The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice that renews its exemption for another five years, until April 6, 2027. The renewal is retroactive to April 6, 2022.
The exemption restricts employees of driveaway-towaway companies, RV manufacturers, and RV dealers from transporting RVs between the manufacturing site and dealer location for movements before the first sale, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association (RVIA).
Drivers covered by the exemption will not be required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) when transporting RVs with an actual vehicle weight not exceeding 26,000 pounds. It is also not needed for a combination of RV trailer/tow vehicle with the actual weight of the towed unit not exceeding 10,000 pounds and the gross combined weight not exceeding 26,000 pounds.
Drivers operating under this exemption must comply with its terms and conditions. The drivers and motor carriers must comply with all other applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR part 350-359).
The drivers must also provide the exemption document to enforcement officials and possess a valid state driver’s license.
This action can alleviate the continuing commercial driver shortage that’s projected to worsen and could create unnecessary delays in the delivery of the RVs.
The RVIA successfully petitioned the FMCSA to exempt the Class A and B CDL requirements for transporting new RVs last 2015. The FMCSA renewed this exemption in 2017 until April 6, 2022.
For more information, please contact Samantha Rocci at [email protected].