Governor Hochul Announces Plan To Address Shortage Of Truck/Bus Drivers

Albany, N.Y. - Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a plan to address a critical shortage of truck and bus drivers.

Hochul said the state will expand the availability of road tests for Commercial Driver License (CDL) applicants.

The initiative would allow qualified third parties to offer the road tests, which would create more testing locations statewide and expand capacity at the existing state-run sites, reducing the time it takes to get qualified CDL drivers on the road.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has already made some changes, by removing the 14-day waiting period between the permit test and the road tests for CDL licenses.

The State DMV will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 26, to hear and review comments on the plan.

18 wheeler truck on road at night

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