U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) awarding a Commercial Driver's License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grant totaling $348,000 to the Illinois Secretary of State for compliance efforts related to the national Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program.
“Given the labor shortage facing the trucking industry, it's great to see the federal government invest in our state so we can train future truck drivers. Filling these jobs is critical for the future of our economy. As the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, I continue to advocate for solutions to the national truck driver shortage," said Davis. Background
The goal of the national CDL program is to reduce the number and severity of commercial motor vehicle crashes in the United States by ensuring that only qualified drivers are eligible to receive and retain a CDL. This goal focuses on maintaining the concept that for every driver, there is only one driving record and only one licensing document (commonly referred to as "One Driver — One License — One Record" .) To further this concept, States are required to conduct knowledge and skills testing before issuing a CDL, to maintain a complete and accurate driver history record for anyone that obtains a CDL, and to impose appropriate disqualifications against any driver that violates certain offenses. This effort is directly linked to the FMCSA focus of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.