Prospective CDL holders in Ohio, there are some new laws you will need to be aware of.

On July 1, several new Ohio laws that affect truckers will go into effect.

First, for permit drivers with an N endorsement, cargo is no longer allowed in CVM tank vehicles.

“A CLP holder with an N endorsement may only operate an empty tank vehicle and is prohibited from operating any tank vehicle that previously contained hazardous materials that has not been purged of any residue,” the new law states.

Secondly, CDL permit holders– no passengers are allowed in commercial vehicles.

“A Commercial License Permit (CLP) holder with a P or PS endorsement(s) are prohibited from operating a CMV carrying passengers, other than Federal/State auditors and inspectors, test examiners, other trainees, and the CDL holder accompanying the CLP holder,” the law states.

Thirdly, a CDL holder must perform the skills test in a vehicle equipped with air over hydraulic brakes.

In addition, “CDL Class A drivers who perform the skill test in a Class A combination vehicle with the power unit and towed unit connected with a pintle hook or other non-fifth wheel connection. An applicant who passes a skills test using a combination vehicle that is NOT a Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer combination, but is otherwise equipped with a fifth wheel, will be issued a CDL with an “O” restriction,” the new law states.

Lastly, perspective CDL holders may not perform the skills test using a truck that is equipped with a manual transmission.

“For the purposes of the skills test and the restriction, an automatic transmission includes any transmission not operating fully on the gear shift and clutch principleThere will also be one new, additional maneuver as part of the basic skills test: the sight side parallel park,” the law states.