COLUMBUS—On Tuesday, the Senate passed legislation sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), which would waive the skills test for a commercial driver's license for veterans who have applicable military certifications.

Senate Bill 170 would require the Director of Public Safety to seek approval from the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to create a temporary pilot program, allowing many qualified veterans the opportunity to pursue a profitable career as a truck operator.

“When transitioning back to civilian life, our veterans should be afforded every opportunity to use the skills they gained while serving in the military," said Senator LaRose. “This bill not only helps them use those skills, but also helps Ohio fill the thousands of desirable trucking jobs that remain unfilled due to a lack qualified applicants. Businesses desire a talented and dedicated workforce; our veterans are exactly what they are looking for.”

Currently, veterans have two years from the time they are discharged from the military to use the current CDL training waiver and begin working as a professional truck driver. The removal of the restrictive two year time limit and waiver of the skills test would allow military veterans to be exempt from regularly required CDL licensure training.

Senate Bill 170 will now move to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration. 
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