By Debbie Gregory.
A bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts that would streamline the process of applying for a commercial driver’s license for active duty, reservists and veterans.
Previous legislation, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 provided similar benefits to veterans applying for their CDL licenses. The current legislation would permanently extend the same benefits to those who are still in uniform.
The proposed legislation will make permanent a two-year exemption issued by the Department of Transportation that allowed states to waive the commercial driver’s license knowledge test for current service members, Reservists, and National Guardsmen, if, within the last twelve months, they completed military training programs and were regularly employed in a military position requiring the operation of heavy vehicles.
This will help remove barriers and legal obstacles to make it easier for those who serve to obtain commercial licenses. It will also assist them in gaining good jobs using their skills and expertise, regardless of where in the nation they are seeking employment.
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