The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) issued a final ruling on CDL laws for military. The ruling makes it easier for military personnel with truck driving experience to transition from service to civilian work. Soon, experienced military truck drivers retired from the service could be joining civilian ranks.
How It Works
The new amendment expands the time a veteran has to apply for a skills test waiver from 90 days to one year after leaving military service. “The rule also allows a state to accept applications from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that state and to administer the written and skills tests for a learner’s permit or CDL.” – Go By Truck
Previously the skills test could only be administered in the military member’s home state. However, the test must adhere to policies and be acceptable to the applicant’s state of domicile.
What It Means
The ATA (American Trucking Association)estimates the trucking industry will need more than 890,000 new drivers over the next decade. With Boomers retiring at higher-and-higher rates and young people not being attracted to the trucking industry, where will these drivers come from? Making it easier for veterans to transition from driving heavy duty vehicles in the services to driving them on American highways is just plain good common sense. And it’s more than helping the trucking industry it’s serving our military veterans, and don’t they deserve it?
From 2014 through 2019 it’s estimated the military will discharge more than one million military members. ATA and its members have committed to hiring 100,000 of these veterans.
“American Trucking Associations and other industry trade organizations have said that hiring veterans will help provide a supply of experienced men and women who can help alleviate the ongoing driver shortage.” —Transport Topics
We applaud the Department of Transportation and the FMCSA. Thank you for making this decision to support both military veterans and the trucking industry. If there ever was a win-win, this is it.