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New Law: Sanitation Company Drivers Need CDL

In 2014, a law was quietly passed in California that requires drivers of vehicles equipped with tanks reaching a total capacity of 1,000 gallons or more of liquid or other waste materials to possess a commercial driver’s license. Enforcement of this law began in 2015 and law enforcement was notified only recently.

For many members of the Portable Sanitation Association, this could mean their job now requires them to apply for a commercial driver’s license. How will this affect the sanitation companies across the California?

  1. Wages will increase: In order for sanitation companies to attract skilled sanitation workers, with commercial driver’s license, they will need the increase wages. Increased wages mean an increase in overall costs for the sanitation companies.
  2. Recruiting costs will increase: If companies have a high turnover, they could be significantly impacted by how much it costs for recruitment as some recruitment costs equal to the first three to six months of pay for the employee the recruiters find.
  3. The cost for rentals could increase: with an increase in overhead, companies may be forced to increase the cost for rental units.

Steps and Cost of Obtaining a CDL

There are several classifications of CDL. If current drivers for sanitation companies do not have their CDL, these skilled sanitation technicians will be required to obtain a commercial driver learner’s permit. Drivers in California hoping to work for companies like Patriot Portable Restrooms have the option to apply for the Class A, B or C commercial learners permit. The typical cost of CDL training program could be anywhere between $1.000 and $7,000 and last between 4 to 5 weeks.

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