Transport Topics Editorial: CDL Licensing Delays

This Editorial appears in the March 24 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.


The struggles of the nation’s trucking fleet to attract and retain qualified drivers have been well-documented in the pages of Transport Topics for many years now.

From long stretches of time away from home for longhaul drivers to the continued frustration with burdensome government regulations to the indecisiveness to seriously tackle highway funding and congestion issues, being a professional truck driver takes a special type of person.

So it is with extreme dismay that we report this week on page 1 about delays applicants for commercial driver licenses face in many states.

Don Lefeve, president of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, said it can take up to 45 days for CDL applicants in some states to arrange a skills test due to inadequate staffing and a limited number of testing facilities... Continue reading.