Feb. 15, 2023 / Press Release
|By Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams/Cumberland)
Federal regulations are preventing some Pennsylvania students from completing coursework and training in fields that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL). In order for students to enter a variety of careers, such as tractor-trailer mechanics, they must have their CDL. But, in order to get a CDL, one must be at least 18 years old.
This federal mandate, which was brought to my attention locally, is delaying teen students who are looking to enter the workforce upon graduation at a time when businesses are struggling to find qualified employees. This is another example of government overregulating and holding back progress. Since this is a federal issue, there is sadly not a lot the state Legislature can do to address the problem.
But that is not stopping me from trying, as I have already contacted my counterparts in Congress to encourage change. I plan to introduce a resolution this session urging them to allow teens in these programs to obtain their CDL’s as part of their coursework and training.
I am also working locally with the technical institutes to become CDL-training providers via the Entry-Level Driver Training program. This would allow teen students to propel themselves forward and closer to completing their goal.
Representative Torren Ecker
193rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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