Commercial Vehicle FAQ

What is considered a commercial vehicle under the City of Olathe's ordinance?

Commercial motor vehicle means any self-propelled or towed vehicle used on a highway in interstate or intrastate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle -

(1) Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 4,537 kg (10,001 lb) or more; or

(2) Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or

(3) Is of any size and is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR chapter I, subchapter C).

Gross combination weight rating (GCWR) means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a combination (articulated) motor vehicle. In the absence of a value specified by the manufacturer, GCWR will be determined by adding the GVWR of the power unit and the total weight of the towed unit and any load thereon.

Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single motor vehicle.

When do I need a CDL?
Any vehicle or combination of vehicles which have a GVWR or GCWR of 26,001 lbs. or more  requires a CDL driver. If the vehicle is a combination vehicle then the towed unit must have a GVWR of 10,001 lbs. or more to be included in the equation. This includes both commercial and personally used vehicles. If the vehicle is a single unit vehicle then a class A or B CDL is required. If the vehicle is a combination vehicle then a class A CDL is required. Whether the vehicle has air brakes or not is not a determining factor regarding CDL's. Also any vehicle of any size meeting the definitions in #2 and #3 above would need a CDL driver.

Where can I find information to ensure I am in compliance with regulations?
All of the rules adopted by the City in the Olathe Municipal Code Title 10 Chapter 10.25.010 were published in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 parts 382, 383, 390-397.

Information can also be found at the following: