DOT Eases CDL Process for the States

The proposed rule would give states discretion to allow qualified third-party skills trainers to also conduct the skills testing for the same individual.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule to streamline the process for individuals interested in entering the trucking workforce. The proposal is give states more flexibility in conducting skill tests for individuals seeking a commercial driver's license.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said DOT "is committed to reducing unnecessary barriers to employment for men and women interested in obtaining jobs in the trucking industry."

Federal rules currently do not permit a CDL skills instructor who is also authorized by the state to administer the CDL skills test to perform both the instruction and the qualifying testing for the same CDL applicant. The proposed rule would eliminate that restriction and give states discretion to allow qualified third-party skills trainers to also conduct the skills testing for the same individual.

"We continue to examine opportunities to provide common-sense regulatory relief to states and to individuals seeking to obtain a CDL. This proposal will provide states more flexibility, while maintaining safety on our roadways," said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. "I encourage all interested parties to review the proposal and to offer their comments to the docket."

If adopted, the proposal would be a deregulatory action as defined by President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order 13771, "Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs." A 60-day public comment period is in effect.

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