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November 7, 2013

New law lifts requirement for military personnel

NEW CASTLE — Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation expanding job opportunities for Pennsylvania’s service members.

Sen. Elder Vogel was the prime sponsor of the legislation, Senate Bill 277.

Previously, military personnel and veterans with two years of experience driving a military commercial vehicle were eligible to waive the commercial driver’s license skills test when certain criteria are met. One such requirement stated the applicant is eligible for waiver if the applicant has legally operated certain equipment for at least two years immediately preceding application for a commercial driver’s license.

SB 277 strikes “immediately preceding” from the law, providing military personnel and veterans with at least two years of military commercial driving experience the opportunity to apply for a CDL with the possibility of a waiver within five years of leaving military service.

“Pennsylvania offers these waivers, but military personnel have to act immediately,” Vogel said. “That’s an unnecessary and vague requirement. The military offers top-notch, real life training that more than prepares its personnel to handle those vehicles.”

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