4506.05 Conditions for driving commercial motor vehicle.

(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person may drive a commercial motor vehicle on a highway in this state if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The person has a valid commercial driver's license or commercial driver's license temporary instruction permit issued by any state or jurisdiction in accordance with the minimum standards adopted by the federal motor carrier safety administration under the "Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986," 100 Stat. 3207-171, 49 U.S.C.A. App. for issuance of commercial driver's licenses;

(2) The person's commercial driver's license or permit is not suspended, revoked, or canceled;

(3) The person is not disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle;

(4) The person is not subject to an out-of-service order;

(5) The person is medically certified as physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with this chapter and is able to verify the medical certification when on duty as follows:

(a) Prior to January 30, 2012, the person shall have in the person's possession the original or copy of the person's current medical examiner's certificate when on duty.

(b) On or after January 30, 2012:

(i) A person who submitted a medical examiner's certificate to the registrar in accordance with division (A)(2) of section 4506.10 of the Revised Code and whose medical certification information is maintained in the commercial driver's license information system is not required to have the medical examiner's certificate in the person's possession when on duty.

(ii) A person whose medical certification information is not maintained in the commercial driver's license information system is required to have in the person's possession when on duty the original or copy of a current medical examiner's certificate that was issued prior to January 30, 2012, except that after January 30, 2014, such person is required to have in the person's possession when on duty, the original or a copy of the current medical examiner's certificate that was submitted to the registrar, but the person may operate a commercial motor vehicle with such proof of medical certification for not more than fifteen days after the date the current medical examiner's certificate was issued to the person.

(iii) A person who has a medical variance shall have in the person's possession the original or copy of the medical variance documentation at all times while on duty.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.71, HB 337, §1, eff. 1/27/2012.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004; 03-29-2005