March 31, 2014 - Education Alert.
Is your camp in compliance with all Department of Transportation Laws and Regulations
regarding the use of 9-15 passenger vans?
Read this important Education Alert to find out more!
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration - Potential Impact on Camps
In 2012, Congress reauthorized Federal-aid highway and highway safety, through the adoption of a new law MAP-21.  Contained in the Act was a provision that may have impact on the camp community:
SEC. 32709. REPORT ON DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR 9- TO 15-PASSENGER VANS.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a report … that examines requiring all or certain classes of drivers operating a vehicle, which is designed or used to transport not fewer than 9 and not more than 15 passengers (including a driver) in interstate commerce, to have a commercial driver’s license passenger-carrying endorsement and be tested in accordance with a drug and alcohol testing program.
Thus, for camps that engage in interstate commerce by using a 9-15 passenger van, there may be a rule in the future that drivers must have commercial driver’s license passenger-carrying endorsement and be tested in accordance with a drug and alcohol testing program.
ACA will continue to follow this issue and provide updates to the camp community.