Florida bill that offers an exemption to driver's license requirements
for certain tractor-trailer drivers has passed a Senate committee.
Senate Transportation Committee voted 9-0 on March 5 in favor of
the bill, drivers operating a truck between 8,000 and 26,000 pounds
or a truck more than 80 inches wide, but who use the truck for “private
use,” can use a Class E license. Up till now, anyone driving a truck
with those measurements had to have a Class D license.
to a spokeswoman at the Legislature, the bill will now move into
three different Senate committees: The Appropriations Subcommittee
on Transportation, the Economic Development Committee and the full
Appropriations Committee. If it passes those panels, it will be
voted on by the full Senate.