Title 40, Chapter 5, Section 142
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Alcohol" means:
(A) Beer, ale, port, or stout and other similar fermented
beverages, including sake or similar products, of any name or
description containing one-half of 1 percent or more of alcohol
by volume, brewed or produced from malt, wholly or in part, or
from any substitute therefor;
(B) Wine of not less than one-half of 1 percent of alcohol by
(C) Distilled spirits which means that substance known as ethyl
alcohol, ethanol, or spirits of wine in any form, including all
dilutions and mixtures thereof from whatever source or by
whatever process produced; or
(D) Any substance containing any form of alcohol, including, but
not limited to, ethanol, methanol, propanol, and isopropanol.
(2) "Alcohol concentration" means:
(A) The number of grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood;
(B) The number of grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath; or
(C) The number of grams of alcohol per 67 milliliters of urine.
(3) "Commerce" means:
(A) Trade, traffic, and transportation within the jurisdiction
of the United States between locations in a state and between a
location in a state and a location outside such state including
a location outside the United States; and
(B) Trade, traffic, and transportation in the United States
which affects any trade, traffic, and transportation described
in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.
(4) "Commercial driver's license" (CDL) means a license issued in
accordance with the requirements of this article to an individual
which authorizes the individual to drive a class of commercial
(5) "Commercial Driver License Information System" (CDLIS) means
the information system established pursuant to the Commercial
Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, Title XII, Public Law 99-570, to
serve as a clearing-house for locating information related to the
licensing and identification of commercial motor vehicle drivers.
(6) "Commercial driver's instruction permit" means a permit issued pursuant to subsection (c) of Code Section 40-5-147.
(7) "Commercial motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle designed or
used to transport passengers or property:
(A) If the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001
or more pounds or such lesser rating as determined by federal
(B) If the vehicle is designed to transport 16 or more
passengers, including the driver; or
(C) If the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials and is
required to be placarded in accordance with the Motor Carrier
Safety Rules prescribed by the United States Department of
Transportation, Title 49 C.F.R. Part 172, subpart F;
provided, however, that for the purposes of this article, no
agricultural vehicle, military vehicle operated by military
personnel, recreational vehicle, or fire-fighting or emergency
equipment vehicle shall be considered a commercial vehicle. As
used in this paragraph, the term "agricultural vehicle" means a
farm vehicle which is controlled and operated by a farmer; used to
transport agricultural products, farm machinery, or farm supplies
to or from a farm; and operated within 150 miles of such person's
farm; which vehicle is not used in the operations of a common or
contract carrier. Any other waiver by the Federal Highway
Administration pursuant to Federal Law 49 C.F.R. Parts 383, 391,
RIN 2125-AB 68, of the United States Department of Transportation
shall supersede state law in authorizing the Department of Motor
Vehicle Safety to exempt said classes.
(8) "Controlled substance" means any substance so defined under Code Section 16-13-21 and includes all substances listed in Schedules I through V of 21 C.F.R. Part 1308, as they may be revised from time to time.
(9) "Conviction" means a forfeiture of bail or collateral
deposited to secure the person's appearance in court, a plea of
guilty or nolo contendere accepted by the court, a finding of
guilt, or the payment of a fine or court cost, regardless of
whether the penalty is rebated, suspended, or probated.
(10) "Disqualification" means a prohibition against driving a
commercial motor vehicle.
(11) "Drive" means to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle in any place open to the general public for purposes of vehicular traffic. For purposes of Code Sections 40-5-151 and 40-5-152, "drive" includes operation or actual physical control of a motor vehicle anywhere in this state.
(12) "Driver" means any person who drives, operates, or is in
actual physical control of a commercial motor vehicle in any place
open to the general public for purposes of vehicular traffic or
who is required to hold a commercial driver's license.
(13) "Driver's license" means a license issued by a state to any
individual which authorizes the individual to drive a motor
(14) "Employer" means any person, including the United States, a
state, or a political subdivision of a state, who owns or leases a
commercial motor vehicle or assigns a person to drive a commercial
motor vehicle on its behalf.
(15) "Felony" means any offense under state or federal law that is
punishable by death, by imprisonment for life, or by imprisonment
for more than 12 months.
(16) "Foreign jurisdiction" means any jurisdiction other than a
state of the United States.
(17) "Gross vehicle weight rating" (GVWR) means the value
specified by the manufacturer or manufacturers as the maximum
loaded weight of a single or a combination (articulated) vehicle,
or registered gross weight, whichever is greater. The gross
vehicle weight rating of a combination (articulated) vehicle,
commonly referred to as the "gross combination weight rating"
(GCWR), is the gross vehicle weight rating of the power unit plus
the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed unit or units. In
the absence of a value specified for the towed unit or units by
the manufacturer or manufacturers, the gross vehicle weight rating
of a combination (articulated) vehicle is the gross vehicle weight
rating of the power unit plus the total weight of the towed unit
or units, including the loads on them.
(18) "Hazardous materials" has the meaning the term has under
Section 103 of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, Title
I, Public Law 93-633, 49 U.S.C.A. App. Section 1801, et seq.
(19) "Motor vehicle" means a vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer,
or semitrailer propelled or drawn by mechanical power used on
highways, or any other vehicle required to be registered under the
laws of this state, but does not include any vehicle, machine,
tractor, trailer, or semitrailer operated exclusively on a rail.
(20) "Nonresident commercial driver's license" means a commercial
driver's license issued by a state to any individual who resides
in a foreign jurisdiction.
(21) "Out of service order" means a temporary prohibition against
driving a commercial motor vehicle.
(22) "Serious traffic violation" means:
(A) Speeding 15 or more miles per hour above the posted speed
(B) Reckless driving, as defined under state or local law;
(C) Following another vehicle too closely, as defined under
state or local law;
(D) Improper or erratic lane change which presents a risk to any
other vehicle, but not including failure to signal a lane
(E) A violation, arising in connection with a fatal accident, of
state law or a local ordinance, relating to motor vehicle
traffic control, excluding parking, weight, length, height, and
vehicle defect violations.
(23) "State" means a state of the United States and the District
(24) "Tank vehicle" means any commercial motor vehicle designed to
transport any liquid or gaseous materials within a tank that is
either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the
chassis. Such vehicles include, but are not limited to, cargo
tanks and portable tanks as defined by federal law. However, the
term "tank vehicle" shall not include a portable tank having a
rated capacity under 1,000 gallons.
(25) "United States" means the 50 states and the District of