After a shortage of qualified commercial drivers caused weeks-long inventory backlogs in the spring of 2014, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and its industry allies have successfully petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to temporarily exempt the industry from its commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements when transporting RVs.

RV Executive Online reported that in pressing for the exemption, RVDA, RVIA, and several state dealer associations pointed out that delivery drivers have more experience operating RVs than do RV owners themselves, and that they’re required to have specialized training, undergo drug and alcohol testing, and maintain hour logs.

Manufacturers and transport companies, too, have a far greater economic incentive to train and monitor their RV drivers because of their greater  liability exposure.

The CDL exemption ends April 6, 2017, but if all goes well during this period, RVDA and others hope to persuade the FMCSA to make the exemption permanent.