Standardized Drivers' Licensing Policy; Yes or No?
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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Driver, driver everywhere and not a standard to be found was the battle cry of Congress in 1986, when they passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act CMVSA. It took Congress over 50 years and thousands upon thousands of fatalities to conclude there were no driving standards for people who drove the largest and most dangerous motor vehicle on our nations highways - the 18 wheeler truck. In September 1986. Congress passed the most sweeping and controversial changes in highway safety in many years but the Department of Defense was not included. Today, in our military services, we have very similar circumstances. Driving standards are up to each individual service and furthermore delegated down to the military members battalionsquadron commander. Today, like our civilian trucking industry, we, the DoD industry, cannot afford to take unnecessary chances on our Federal highways as our humanitarian and CONUS base missions expand. This paper is designed to provide the reader with an insight into the Commercial, Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 and its impact on our nations highways. It will also take a critical look at the Federal waiver that the DoD requested and received. exempting all military members from the most important element of this Congressionally mandated bill. the standardized testing and licensing procedure called the Commercial Drivers LicenseCDL.
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