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Rules of the road

During roofing work, roofing contracting companies use a wide variety of motor vehicles to transport workers, materials and equipment to job sites. Depending on a project's nature and vehicles' sizes and contents, a roofing contractor's motor vehicles and the drivers he or she employs may be regulated by the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

You likely are aware of most FMCSA regulations. However, some regulations may not be as well-known, and the consequences of noncompliance can be significant.

CDL requirements

A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a special license issued by individual states based on minimum FMCSA qualification standards that allows a driver to operate large trucks and buses. Drivers of certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) may obtain special endorsements to their CDLs by passing additional tests authorizing them, for example, to drive tanker vehicles or transport hazardous materials.

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