Class 5 Drivers Operating Commercially in US Must Meet Medical Requirements
If you operate a Class 5 vehicle over 10,000 lbs (approximately 4,500 kg) for commercial purposes in the United States, be aware that you must meet US Commercial Medical Requirements. In the province of BC, a Class 5 driver is allowed to operate 2-axle vehicles of any weight without a commercial medical exam. However, the US requires drivers of vehicles over 10,000 lbs being used for commercial purposes to meet commercial medical standards.
If you carry a BC Class 5 Drivers Licence and plan on operating a vehicle over 10,000 lbs for commerial purposes in the US, you will need to do one of the following:
- Upgrade to a Commercial Class Driver’s Licence (BC Class 1-4) in order to meet US commercial medical requirements, or
- Obtain a Commercial Driver Medical Card from a medical examiner licensed in the US, which you can then carry with your Class 5 driver’s licence while operating in the US. Be aware that the medical examiner will charge a fee for service, and the US medical card document is valid for 2 years.
US law enforcement recognizes BC Class 1-4 drivers as being medically screened and compliant with their commercial medical standards, but now expect BC Class 5 drivers operating heavy 2-axle vehicles for commercial purposes in the US to carry commercial medical documentation. US law enforcement may not recognize endorsements attached to a BC Class 5 licence for which commercial class medical exams are required.
US law enforment is warning BC Class 5 holders of this requirement, and the potential for being ticketed for non-compliance.
Source: Driver Licensing Notice Number 21/13, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (July 23, 2013).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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