This bill is one of NLBMDA’s top legislative priorities for 2022 and is part of the effort by the LBM industry to raise support on Capitol Hill for legislation that will help address supply chain challenges in the economy. The LICENSE Act is a bipartisan bill which would streamline onerous commercial driver licensing (CDL) regulations by making permanent several waivers that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Specifically, the bill would:
Allow state and third-party examiners previously authorized to administer the CDL skills test to also administer the CDL knowledge test without having to complete the training course. This will help get additional drivers on the road faster without compromising safety.
Allow licensed drivers who are accompanying commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders to move from the front seat of a truck cab to its sleeper berth. In most cases, CLP holders have already passed their road tests and are simply waiting to receive the physical copy of their commercial driver’s license. This change would recognize that these drivers have already passed their test.
Allow states to administer driving skills tests to applicants from other states. This will streamline the credentialing process and allow future truckers to get tested where they live rather than only where they received their training.
Members can easily email their elected officials in Congress and urge them to support the bill by utilizing NLBMDA’s Grassroots Action Center. An issue brief on the bill can be found here.
If you would like assistance from NLBMDA in scheduling a meeting with your Members of Congress when they are back in their district or state, please fill out NLBMDA’s meeting request form.