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  622.555.  Skill performance evaluation certificate granted, when — application, procedures — rulemaking authority. — 1.  The division of motor carrier and railroad safety may grant a skill performance evaluation certificate to a person who is not physically qualified to drive under Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Section 391.41.  A skill performance evaluation certificate granted pursuant to this section shall apply to intrastate transportation only.  The skill performance evaluation certificate shall be in the possession of the commercial driver any time he or she is operating a commercial motor vehicle.

  2.  A person who wishes to obtain a skill performance evaluation certificate under this section shall submit to the division the following information:

  (1)  The applicant's name, address, and telephone number;

  (2)  The name, address, and telephone number of an employer co-applicant, if any;

  (3)  A description of the applicant's experience in driving the type of vehicle to be operated under the skill performance evaluation certificate;

  (4)  A description of the type of driving to be done under the skill performance evaluation certificate;

  (5)  A description of any modifications to the vehicle the applicant intends to drive under the skill performance evaluation certificate that are designed to accommodate the applicant's medical condition or disability;

  (6)  Whether the applicant has previously been granted another skill performance evaluation certificate pursuant to this section;

  (7)  A copy of the applicant's current commercial driver's license;

  (8)  A copy of a medical examiner's certificate showing that the applicant is medically unqualified to drive;

  (9)  A statement from the applicant's treating physician that includes:

  (a)  The extent to which the physician is familiar with the applicant's medical history;

  (b)  A description of the applicant's medical condition for which a skill performance evaluation certificate is necessary;

  (c)  Assurance that the applicant has the ability and willingness to follow any course of treatment prescribed by the physician, including the ability to self-monitor or manage the medical condition; and

  (d)  The physician's professional opinion that the applicant's condition will not adversely affect the applicant's ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely; and

  (10)  Any other information considered necessary by the division including requiring a physical examination or medical report from a physician who specializes in a particular field of medical practice.

  3.  The division of motor carrier and railroad safety shall promulgate rules and regulations to provide skill performance evaluation certificates for individuals who have failed to meet the specified federal driver's physical qualifications under 49 CFR 391.41.  Any rule or regulation promulgated shall only authorize such individual to operate a commercial motor vehicle within Missouri.  The regulations promulgated pursuant to this section may only be implemented if the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will not impose any sanctions, including funding sanctions, against the state.

  4.  As used in this section, the term "skill performance evaluation certificate" means approval granted by the division of motor carrier and railroad safety allowing a driver to drive commercial motor vehicles intrastate even though the driver may not meet the minimum federal fitness standards to drive commercial motor vehicles interstate.

  5.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2002, shall be invalid and void.


(L. 2002 H.B. 1270 and H.B. 2032)

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