Commercial Driver's License; Waiver for Pyrotechnics Industry; Request for Comments
Notice of petition; request for comment.
The FHWA is requesting public comment on a petition submitted by the pyrotechnics industry on March 6, 1995, for relief from the requirements of the commercial driver's license regulations (CDL) (49 CFR Part 383). The FHWA is proposing to authorize waivers for certain drivers transporting fireworks to displays during the period of Independence Day celebrations from the CDL testing and licensing standards. The drivers to be covered by these waivers are part-time drivers who have an otherwise valid driver's license, as well as licenses or permits issued by applicable State or local agencies certifying that they are approved pyrotechnic operators. A waiver issued by a State under this proposal would only authorize the transportation of less than 500 pounds of fireworks classified as DOT Class 1.3G explosives, from June 30 through July 6 of each year, provided that the vehicles operated have gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) of less than 10,001 pounds and are operated within 300 miles of the sites of origin. The FHWA requests public comment on whether, if granted, the proposed grant of waiver authority would be contrary to the public interest or diminish the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles.