Phoenix, Arizona – the Arizona Trucking Association (ATA) welcomes and applauds the introduction of the Licensing Individual Commercial Exam-takers Now Safely and Efficiently (LICENSE) Act.
The LICENSE Act eliminates unnecessary burdens for drivers to get their commercial driver’s license. These burdens were identified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary waivers were issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that helped the trucking industry deliver for the American people during the pandemic. Specifically, the LICENSE act would make permanent two waivers issued by the Administration (FMCSA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the Waiver for States Concerning Third Party CDL Skills Test Examiners In Response to the COVID-19 Emergency (Nov. 29, 2021) and the Three-Month Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency – For States and CLP Holders Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (Nov. 29, 2021).”
“On behalf of the Arizona Trucking Association and its members, I would like to thank Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) for working on this common sense and bi-partisan solution to help get qualified drivers in the seat of a truck,” stated Tony Bradley, Arizona Trucking Association president and CEO. “The trucking industry is current 80,000 drivers short, and that number is expected to increase over the next decade. The LICENSE Act will help the trucking industry recruit and train drivers by eliminating unnecessary barriers to entry for new drivers,” concluded Bradley.
The LICENSE Act was introduced in the House by Reps. Darin LaHood (R-Illinois), Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Josh Harder (D-California) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and in the Senate by Sens. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) and Mark Kelly (D-Arizona).
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