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May 14, 2013

Senate OKs driver’s license bill

NEW CASTLE — The state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Elder Vogel regarding commercial driver’s license qualification standards for military personnel.

Currently, military personnel and veterans who have two years experience driving a military commercial vehicle are eligible to waive the commercial driver’s license skills test when certain criteria are met. One requirement states that the applicant is eligible for waiver if he has legally operated certain equipment for at least two years “immediately preceding’ application for a commercial driver’s license.

Vogel’s legislation, Senate Bill 277, deletes “immediately preceding” from the law, allowing military personnel and veterans with at least two years of military commercial driving experience the opportunity to apply for a commercial driver’s license with the possibility of a waiver at any time.

Vogel said Pennsylvania offers waivers, but military personnel have to act immediately.

“That’s an unnecessary and vague requirement,” he said.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

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