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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: February 21, 2023 09:26 AM
From: Representative Torren C. Ecker
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to Ease CDL Regulations
In the near future I will be introducing a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FMCSA to ease their regulations relating to commercial driver’s licenses and vehicle safety inspections.
In my district there are a number of entry level mechanic technicians that work at a Commonwealth certified official inspection station who possess a Category 3 inspection license and therefore have been trained and tested on heavy, commercial motor vehicles. However, a certified inspection mechanic must hold a valid license for each class of vehicle that they are certified to inspect, since a Commonwealth vehicle safety inspection requires a road test. Receiving a CDL has also become a more expensive and burdensome process due to the recent implementation of new FMCSA entry level driver training requirements and stringent CDL regulations.
I ask that you please join me in calling for our federal partners to reform, ease, or create exemptions for certified inspection mechanics performing a vehicle road test requiring a CDL. This will help eliminating unnecessary barriers to this all-important work force.


Introduced as HR57