Register August 2016 No. 728
Chapter Trans 115
Trans 115.01   Purpose.
Trans 115.02   Definitions.
Trans 115.03   Employment of department employes.
Trans 115.04   Requirements for third party testers.
Trans 115.05   Requirements for third party examiners.
Trans 115.06   Authority and certificates.
Trans 115.07   On-site inspections and audits.
Trans 115.08   Professional conduct and advertising.
Trans 115.09   Minimum insurance and bond requirements.
Trans 115.10   Test administration.
Trans 115.11   Denial and cancellation of third party testing.
Trans 115.12   Program cancellation.
Trans 115.01 Trans 115.01Purpose. As authorized by s. 343.02, Stats., the purpose of this chapter is to establish policies and procedures to authorize persons, other than employes of the department, to conduct the commercial driver license skills tests required of commercial driver license applicants. Authority to administer CDL skills tests will be granted only to third party testers under agreement with the department and utilizing third party examiners recognized and deemed qualified by the department.
Trans 115.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 115.02 Trans 115.02Definitions. The words and phrases defined in ss. 340.01 and 343.01, Stats., have the same meaning in this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided. In addition, in this chapter:
Trans 115.02(1) (1) “Authority” or “authorization” means the document issued to a third party tester allowing the holder to administer the authorized testing program on behalf of the department.
Trans 115.02(2) (2) “Authorized testing program” means the CDL skills tests required by the department which shall be administered by a third party tester.
Trans 115.02(3) (3) “CDL” means commercial driver license.
Trans 115.02(4) (4) “CDL skills test” means the test of a person's ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle by performing the pre-trip, basic control and road test maneuvers required by ch. Trans 104.
Trans 115.02(5) (5) “CMV” means commercial motor vehicle.
Trans 115.02(6) (6) “Department sanctioned CDL examiner training course” means a course conducted by the department or a school of the Wisconsin technical college system authorized by the department, to prepare a person to conduct the CDL skills test.
Trans 115.02(7) (7) “Examiner identification certificate” means a certificate issued to a person who has been authorized by the department as a qualified third party examiner to conduct the CDL skills test.
Trans 115.02(8) (8) “FMCSA” means the federal motor carrier safety administration.
Trans 115.02(9) (9) “FMCSR” means the federal motor carrier safety regulations promulgated by the U.S. department of transportation.
Trans 115.02(10) (10) “Primary place of business” means the central operating location of the third party tester in the state of Wisconsin.
Trans 115.02(11) (11) “Third party examiner” means a person who is employed by a third party tester and who holds a valid examiner identification certificate issued by the department.
Trans 115.02(12) (12) “Third party tester” means a person including, but not limited to, an agency or department of this state or its political subdivisions or another state, or a private employer authorized by the department to administer the authorized testing program for CDL applicants in accordance with this chapter.
Trans 115.02 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; am. (1), Register, November, 1995, No. 479, eff. 12-1-95; correction in (6) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6., Stats., Register, November, 1995, No. 479; CR 15-065: r. and recr. (8) Register August 2016 No. 728, eff. 9-1-16.
Trans 115.03 Trans 115.03Employment of department employes. No third party tester granted authority under the provisions of this chapter may engage the service of an employe of the department as an examiner, agent or employe.
Trans 115.03 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 115.04 Trans 115.04Requirements for third party testers.
Trans 115.04(1)(1) To be granted third party tester authority, a party shall:
Trans 115.04(1)(a) (a) Make application to and enter into an agreement with the department. The application shall be made on a form supplied by the department and include all of the following:
Trans 115.04(1)(a)1. 1. Certification that the applicant maintains a primary place of business with at least one permanent regularly occupied structure.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)2. 2. Certification that the primary place of business is safe, meets all requirements of state law and local ordinances, and, along with all records, is locked and secured when not in use.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)3. 3. The official name, address and telephone number of the primary place of business.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)4. 4. Certification that the applicant employs a safety officer or official who is responsible for the organization's third party testing operation.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)5. 5. The name, title, address and telephone number of the safety officer or other official who has been designated as a contact person with the department.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)6. 6. Certification that the applicant employs at least one third party examiner.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)7. 7. The type of organization the applicant represents including, but not limited to, governmental entity, association, motor carrier, educational institution.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)8. 8. If applicable, a description of the vehicle fleet owned or leased by the applicant, including the number of CMVs by class and type.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)9. 9. The class of testing and endorsements for which the applicant is applying.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)10. 10. If applicable, the total number of Wisconsin licensed drivers employed to operate CMVs.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)11. 11. A designated skills test route or routes acceptable to the department which shall include all of the following:
Trans 115.04(1)(a)11.a. a. The address of each Wisconsin location where the applicant intends to conduct the CDL skills tests.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)11.b. b. A description of the off-road facilities as well as a map, drawing or written description of each test route that will be used for the on-road portion of the CDL skills test.
Trans 115.04(1)(a)12. 12. A $100 application fee.
Trans 115.04(2) (2) The department will evaluate the materials submitted by the third party tester applicant, and if the application materials are satisfactory, the department shall schedule an on-site inspection and audit of the applicant's third party testing program.
Trans 115.04(3) (3) As a condition of any grant of authority, an approved third party tester shall:
Trans 115.04(3)(a) (a) Continue to satisfy all the terms and conditions required in the application process.
Trans 115.04(3)(b) (b) Not exceed the fee set by the department for applicants taking a CDL skills test or the prorated fee for any portion of the test.
Trans 115.04(3)(c) (c) Allow FMCSA or the department, or both, to conduct scheduled and unscheduled examinations, inspections and audits.
Trans 115.04(3)(d) (d) Maintain at the primary place of business an alphabetical driver file listing each CDL skills test conducted, whether the driver passes or fails the test. Each record shall be maintained for a minimum of 2 years and include all of the following:
Trans 115.04(3)(d)1. 1. The driver's complete name, address, phone number and employer.
Trans 115.04(3)(d)2. 2. The driver's current license number, license class, license endorsements, license restrictions, expiration date and issuing jurisdiction.
Trans 115.04(3)(d)3. 3. The dates the driver took the CDL skills tests.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.