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Passing on the wrong side of the road, passing in a school zone, and driving the wrong way on a one-way street are all specific examples of:
  • Proper lane usage
  • Improper lane usage
  • Time-saving ideas
  • Exemplary driving
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From The CDL Manual

Improper Lane Usage — Improper or erratic traffic lane changes.

  • Improper lane changing, lane usage and/or center lane usage.
  • Improper passing.
  • Passing on a hill or curve or when prohibited.
  • Passing on wrong side of the road.
  • Improper passing on shoulder, left or right.
  • Driving wrong way on a one-way street or highway.
  • Driving on the left side of the roadway.
  • Passing in a school zone.
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Submitting fingerprints for a background check will be required for drivers applying for:
  • Contracting jobs
  • Tanker endorsement
  • Hazmat endorsement
  • Passenger endorsement
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From The CDL Manual

1.12.5 — Hazardous Materials Endorsement Background Check and Disqualifications

Applicants for a hazardous materials endorsement will be required to submit to a fingerprint-based nationwide background check. An applicant will be denied or have the hazardous materials endorsement canceled if the applicant:

  • Is not a United States, permanent resident or is unable to provide proof of lawful status.
  • Renounces United States citizenship.
  • Is wanted or under indictment for certain felonies.
  • Has a conviction in military or civilian court for cHas been adjudicated as mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
  • Is deemed to pose a security threat as determined by the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Any CDL holder or CLP applicant who wishes to obtain a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME/H) must call 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) or visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/#hme-home to enroll with the Transportation Security Administration for a background check. The Secretary of State must receive TSA approval prior to any testing for this endorsement. This process is must be completed at every CDL renewal if the driver wishes to maintain the hazardous materials endorsement.
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A hazmat endorsement will be denied or canceled if:
  • These are all items that could prevent you from driving hazmat
  • Cannot prove U.S. citizenship
  • The TSA deems the applicant to be a security threat
  • Is wanted, under indictment, or has a conviction for certain felonies
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From The CDL Manual

1.12.5 — Hazardous Materials Endorsement Background Check and Disqualifications

Applicants for a hazardous materials endorsement will be required to submit to a fingerprint-based nationwide background check. An applicant will be denied or have the hazardous materials endorsement canceled if the applicant:

  • Is not a United States, permanent resident or is unable to provide proof of lawful status.
  • Renounces United States citizenship.
  • Is wanted or under indictment for certain felonies.
  • Has a conviction in military or civilian court for cHas been adjudicated as mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
  • Is deemed to pose a security threat as determined by the Transportation Security Administration.
  • Any CDL holder or CLP applicant who wishes to obtain a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME/H) must call 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) or visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/#hme-home to enroll with the Transportation Security Administration for a background check. The Secretary of State must receive TSA approval prior to any testing for this endorsement. This process is must be completed at every CDL renewal if the driver wishes to maintain the hazardous materials endorsement.
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If a CDL-holder's privilege to drive non-CMV's is revoked or suspended more than once for alcohol, felony, or controlled substance violations, the CDL will be disqualified for:
  • 90 days
  • 3 years
  • 1 year
  • Life
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From The CDL Manual

1.12.6 — Traffic Violations in A Personal Vehicle

  • The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MCSIA) of 1999 requires a CDL holder to be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle if the CDL holder has been convicted of certain types of moving violations in their personal vehicle.
  • If a CDL holder’s privilege to operate a non-CMV is revoked, canceled or suspended due to violations of traffic control laws (other than parking violations), the CDL will also be disqualified.
  • If a CDL holder’s privilege to operate a non-CMV is revoked, canceled or suspended due to alcohol, controlled substance or felony violations, the CDL will be disqualified for one year. If a CDL holder’s privilege to operate a non-CMV is revoked, canceled or suspended due to a second alcohol, controlled substance or felony violation, the CDL will be disqualified for life.
  • If a CDL holder’s privilege operate a non-CMV is revoked, canceled or suspended, no “hardship” license, such as a restricted driving permit or monitoring device driving permit may be issued to operate a CMV.
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Vehicles exempt from Certificate of Safety inspection requirements include:
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Vehicles weighing under 8,000 lbs gross
  • None of these are required to pass safety inspections
  • Farm machinery and tractor
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From The CDL Manual

Garages or service stations licensed by IDOT may make safety inspections. Second division vehicles not required to pass safety inspections include:

  • Vehicles with a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less.
  • Farm tractors, machinery and other implements.
  • Vehicles owned or operated by the city of Chicago, which display proof of ownership.
  • Vehicles owned or operated by the federal government, which display proof of ownership.
  • Vehicles registered as recreational vehicles, which display proper plates.
  • Properly licensed antique vehicles.
  • Specialized vehicles as defined by statute.
  • Vehicles properly registered in another state.
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Using radar detectors in commercial vehicles:
  • Is only allowed on state highways
  • Is acceptable
  • Is only allowed outside of large cities
  • Is prohibited
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From The CDL Manual

1.19 Radar Detectors

The law prohibits CMVs from being equipped with any instrument designed to detect the presence of, or interfere with, microwaves at frequencies used by police radar for the purpose of monitoring vehicle speed. The term “equipped” means and includes possession or use within a CMV.

A motorist shall not be in violation if the device is contained in a locked, opaque box or similar container or the device is not in the passenger compartment of the vehicle and is not in operation.

Violation of this law is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $50 for a first offense and a minimum $100 for a second or subsequent offense.

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Overall length limit on vehicles transporting machinery, poles, or structural objects is:
  • 65 feet
  • 53 feet
  • 80 feet
  • 100 feet
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From The CDL Manual

Exceptions to LENGTH requirements:

  • Length limits do not apply to vehicles operating in the daytime except on Saturdays, Sundays or legal holidays when transporting poles, pipes, machinery or other objects of structural nature which cannot be readily dismembered, provided the length of the object being transported does not exceed 80 feet and the overall length of vehicle and load does not exceed 100 feet.
  • Stinger-steered vehicles specifically designed to transport motor vehicles or boats may have an overall length of 75 feet plus overhang of 3 feet in front and 4 feet in the rear on Class I and II highways.
  • Conventional auto transporters are vehicles specifically designed to transport motor vehicles or boats and may have an overall length of 65 feet plus overhang on these highways. The maximum overall length on all other streets and highways is 60 feet.
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On combination vehicles longer than 20 feet or wider than 80 inches, amber or yellow reflectors must be installed:
  • On the front, one in each upper corner
  • On the front, one in each lower corner
  • On the rear, one in each lower corner
  • On the rear, one in each upper corner
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From The CDL Manual

1.19 — Special Lighting Equipment

Second division or combination vehicles longer than 25 feet or wider than 80 inches (excluding mirrors, bumpers and other safety devices) must have special lighting equipment. The following lighting equipment is required on vehicles operated outside the limits of cities, towns or villages between sunset and sunrise:

  • Two yellow or amber lights on the front of the vehicle. One light must be on each upper-front corner and visible for 500 feet.
  • Three red lights on the rear of the vehicle in a horizontal line and visible for 500 feet.
  • Two yellow or amber reflectors on the front of the vehicle. One reflector must be on each lower corner.
  • Two red reflectors on the rear of the vehicle. One reflector must be not more than 12 inches from each lower corner.
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All vehicles or drivers must carry:
  • Registration ID cards
  • Hazmat placards
  • Cellphones
  • Paper logbooks
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From The CDL Manual

Registration ID Cards —

Registration identification cards for second division vehicles, except pole trailers or semitrailers, must be in the vehicle, carried by the driver or carried by the person in control of the vehicle at all times.

Vehicles weighing over 12,000 pounds that are registered in another state must carry an Illinois Fleet Reciprocity ID Permit, Apportionment ID Card or Prorate ID Card (for Prorate Decals) in place of the registration ID card.

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Combination vehicles must display license plates:
  • 1 each on both the front and rear of tractor and trailer
  • One on the front of the tractor, one on the front of the trailer
  • One on the front of the tractor, one on the rear of the trailer
  • One on the rear of the tractor, one on the rear of the trailer
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From The CDL Manual

License Plates —

All vehicles except motorcycles, motorized pedalcycles, trailers, semitrailers, truck tractors and vehicles registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP) must display two license plates (front and rear) on the vehicle.

Trailers must display one on the rear, and truck tractors must display one on the front. Buses registered under the IRP must display one apportioned plate on the rear of the bus

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