Article 1. Intent of California Vehicle Code >> Division 6. >> Chapter 7. >> Article 1.
It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this
chapter, to adopt those standards required of drivers by the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the United States Department
of Transportation, as set forth in the federal Motor Carrier Safety
Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-159) and to reduce or prevent
commercial motor vehicle accidents, fatalities, and injuries by
permitting drivers to hold only one license, disqualifying drivers
for certain criminal offenses and serious traffic violations, and
strengthening licensing and testing standards. This act is a remedial
law and shall be liberally construed to promote the public health,
safety and welfare. To the extent that this chapter conflicts with
general driver licensing provisions, this chapter shall prevail.
Where this chapter is silent, the general driver licensing provisions
shall apply. It is the further intent of the Legislature that this
program be fee supported, and that the department fully recoup its
costs within four years of the program's enactment.