Indiana drops chauffeur license for transporters

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has eliminated the requirement to hold a chauffeur’s License in order to transport RVs. Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 197 into law earlier today and the law went into effect immediately, the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council reported.

Prior to this change Indiana residents transporting RVs were required to have an chauffeur’s license for loads rated at more than 16,000 pounds gross combined vehicle weight rating. Now, drivers must still comply with federal commercial driver’s license requirements, but the additional state regulation has been eliminated.

The exemption applies to RVs being moved prior to its first retail sale, which would include both manufacturer to dealer and dealer to show types of movement.

“Eliminating this regulation is another piece of the puzzle in solving the hiring problem RV transport companies are having,” explained Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council.

State Senator Carlin Yoder authored the bill on behalf of the RV industry.

“My district includes part of Elkhart County and the RV industry is very important to me. This bill should ease some regulations on the industry and help the transporters get RVs delivered from manufacturers to dealers more quickly,” said Yoder.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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