FMCSA proposes two changes to the CDL licensing process
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing two regulation changes that could ease some of the testing requirements for obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
One change would allow state licensing agencies to waive the CDL knowledge test for qualified veterans and active-duty military personnel seeking to obtain a civilian CDL. States have been allowed to waive the CDL skills test for these drivers since 2012.
The other proposal would allow states to issue a CDL learner’s permit with an expiration date of up to one year, replacing the current six-month limit.
FMCSA believes these proposals would simplify processing and reduce costs for states and for individuals affected, without compromising safety.
Both proposals were published in the June 12 Federal Register. The comment period closes August 11, 2017. Comments may be submitted electronically to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Chair of Regulatory Committee, NAPFTDS
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