Ohio DPS looks to ease transition of military veterans into trucking

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The Ohio Department of Public Safety is petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow a modification to the skills test requirements for qualified military veterans.

Ohio DPS proposes to eliminate skills test waiver requirements that state an applicant must have been a military position that requires driving a commercial vehicle in the last year and that the applicant must have operated a commercial vehicle for at least two years before leaving the military.

The agency says that the goal of its request is “to promote the opportunities for experienced CMV operators who have served in the military by reducing the regulatory burden of obtaining a CDL.”

Ohio DPS adds that it hopes the elimination of these two requirements would increase the number of CDL holders and create more civilian opportunities for veterans.

FMCSA is requesting public comment of the request for Ohio, as well as on whether the exemption should cover all states. Comments can be made here through May 20.