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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 45. Board For Branch Pilots
Chapter 20. Board for Branch Pilots Regulations
6/15/2021

18VAC45-20-40. Grounds for denial of licensure, denial of renewal, or discipline.

The board shall have the authority to deny initial licensure, deny an extension of license, or deny renewal as well as to discipline existing licensees, whether limited or not, for the following reasons:

1. (i) Having been convicted or found guilty regardless of adjudication in any jurisdiction of the United States of any felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or any alcohol- or drug-related offense there being no appeal pending, therefrom or the time for appeal having elapsed.

(ii) Having been convicted or found guilty regardless of adjudication in any jurisdiction of the United States of any felony or a misdemeanor resulting from an arrest for any alcohol- or drug-related offense, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time for appeal having elapsed.

Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this subdivision. The record of a conviction certified or authenticated in such form as to be admissible in evidence of the laws of the jurisdiction where convicted shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such conviction;

2. Failing to inform the board in writing within seven calendar days of pleading guilty or nolo contendere or being convicted or found guilty of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or any alcohol- or drug-related offense;

3. Failing to report to the board in writing any reports of the National Transportation Safety Board involving the licensee, or the results of any disciplinary action taken by the United States Coast Guard against the licensee within seven calendar days of that report or action;

4. Refusing or in any other way failing to carry out an order from the pilot officers for reasons other than the public's health, safety, or welfare;

5. Negligence or misconduct in the performance of duties;

6. Violating or cooperating with others in violating any provision of Chapter 9 (§ 54.1-900 et seq.) of the Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia or any regulation of the board;

7. Failing to, as soon as possible under the circumstances, report to the pilot officers his finishing time and other required information relating to the particulars of the ship;

8. Failing to file immediately with the president or vice president of the board with a copy to the board administrator a complete written account of any violation of the statutes of Virginia or of the United States relating to pilotage or failing to report in writing to the president or vice president of the board with a copy to the board administrator an account of all collisions, groundings, or other maritime mishaps of any description that may occur during the discharge of the pilot's duties. This report shall be received no later than seven days after such an incident;

9. Failing to report to the board any physical or mental condition which may affect his ability to perform the duties of a pilot. Such reports shall be provided within seven calendar days of the onset of the condition;

10. Refusing to comply with the board's requirement for a chemical test. Such test is required immediately and no later than 12 hours after involvement in a collision, grounding, or other incident resulting in personal injury, death, environmental hazard, or property damage in excess of $100,000. Refusing to comply with this requirement may result in summary suspension of the pilot's license in accordance with § 54.1-902 of the Code of Virginia;

11. Refusing to comply with any board requirement for chemical tests in any instance in which the board has cause to believe a test is necessary to protect the public health, safety, or welfare. Refusing to comply with this requirement may result in summary suspension of the pilot's license in accordance with § 54.1-902 of the Code of Virginia;

12. Failing to send proof of any test required by subdivision 10 or 11 of this section to the president or vice president of the board with a copy to the board administrator within 48 hours of the administration of the test;

13. A positive finding as a result of, or on, any substance abuse or chemical test as a result of which the board believes there is a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare. Such a finding may result in summary suspension of the pilot's license in accordance with § 54.1-902 of the Code of Virginia;

14. Evidence of impaired performance in any instance in which the board believes there is a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare. Such a finding may result in summary suspension of the pilot's license in accordance with § 54.1-902 of the Code of Virginia;

15. Performing or attempting to perform any of the duties of his office or job while under the influence of illegal drugs;

16. Performing or attempting to perform any of the duties of his office or job while under the influence of alcohol or any medication (controlled substance or otherwise) to the extent that he was unfit for the performance of the duties of his office or job; and

17. Failing to comply with any of the provisions of 18VAC45-20-50.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-902 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR535-01-01 § 4.1, eff. November 30, 1989; amended, Virginia Register Volume 7, Issue 5, eff. January 3, 1991; Volume 10, Issue 20, eff. July 28, 1994; Volume 17, Issue 7, eff. February 1, 2001; Volume 23, Issue 21, eff. September 10, 2007; Volume 29, Issue 4, eff. December 1, 2012.

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