Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart at 2:15 p.m. today (June 17) to ceremonially sign SEA 197, a measure that allows individuals without a commercial drivers license (CDL) to transport an RV or towing vehicle to the dealership for sale.
He already signed the legislation at the end of April and it went into effect immediately.
Prior to this change Indiana residents transporting RVs were required to have a CDL for loads rated at more than 16,000 pounds gross combined vehicle weight rating. Now, drivers must still comply with federal commercial driver’s license requirements but the additional state regulation has been eliminated. The exemption applies to RV’s being moved prior to its first retail sale, which would include both manufacturer to dealer and dealer to show types of movement.
The state’s action on this issue came on the heels of a similar move at the federal level.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) scored a significant regulatory achievement for the RV industry with the April 6 decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to approve the association’s application to grant an exemption from the commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirement for drivers delivering RVs of a certain size to dealerships or trade shows before retail sale.
Under the FMCSA ruling, drivers covered by the exemption will not be required to hold a CDL when transporting motorhomes with a gross vehicle weight not exceeding 26,000 pounds, or a combination of RV trailer/tow vehicle with the gross weight of the towed unit not exceeding 10,000 pounds and the gross combined weight not exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers must comply with all other applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The exemption covers employees of all U.S. driveaway companies, RV manufacturers, and RV dealers transporting RVs between manufacturing sites and dealer locations and for movements prior to the first retail sale. The exemption was effective April 6 and expires on April 6, 2017.
Later today, Pence will be participating with the state’s first Capital Campout and related activities at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. June is Great Outdoors Month across the United States.
Although the governor will not be camping, he will deliver a proclamation Thursday (June 18) followed by hosting a “Mile with Mike” walk at Fort Benjamin Harrison with the grade school kids who camped the night before.
The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, Inc. (IMHA-RVIC), along with Mount Comfort RV of Greenfield, Ind., which will provide RVs for the campout, are assisting with the event.