DMV to Review Elimination of 2-Q Licensing Program
Several months ago it came to the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control’s attention that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) planned to discontinue the 2-Q fire apparatus licensing program to more clearly comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act.
As a result of this information, the Joint Council of Connecticut Fire Service Organizations met with representatives of DMV to discuss its concern with the planned changes. The primary concerns were that elimination of specific licensing standards and requirements for persons who operate fire apparatus could compromise safety and negatively impact insurance rates. Following the meeting, the Joint Council sent a letter to DMV Commissioner DeFilippo requesting that he consider a special license designation and testing requirements for those that drive fire apparatus in excess of 26,001 pounds.
On September 27, 2004 Commissioner DeFilippo wrote back indicating that he has directed his Legal Services Bureau
It is important to note that fire apparatus will continue to be exempt from CDL requirements.
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