Rep. Howard Coble, R-NC, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime,
Terrorism and Homeland Security, has introduced legislation to give
states the option to establish their own CDL requirements for intrastate
have always been a strong advocate for taking power out of Washington
and returning it to the states," Coble said. "I do not
believe that our traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to governing
is effective, efficient or economical for the American taxpayer."
to Coble, the legislation, known as the "Commercial Driver's
License Devolution Act of 2003 (HR 1179)," would give states
the option to license intrastate drivers of commercial motor vehicles
based upon testing standards determined by individual states.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 required states to establish
a new and uniform program of testing and licensing for all operators
of commercial vehicles both intra and interstate.
principal objectives of this act have been met and would not be
harmed by this legislation," Coble said.
CMVSA is good law," Coble added. "The CMVSA, however,
was also imposed upon intrastate commerce where the operation of
trucks may be a small but necessary part of an individual's job.
imposed our will on thousands of small businesses not involved in
long-haul trucking and somehow expected them to adjust to any circumstance
that might arise,” he said. “Under these conditions, I believe it
should be within a state's discretion to determine what kind of
commercial vehicle licensure and testing is required for commerce
solely within its borders."