Indiana lawmakers OK bill covering truck licensing

| Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A bill on Gov. Mitch Daniels’ desk would consolidate Indiana’s driver education programs, which are now managed by three state agencies.

Of interest to truck drivers, responsibilities for commercial driver training schools would be transferred from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Truck driver training responsibilities would also be shifted from the Department of State Revenue to the BMV.

The House and Senate reached agreement on the bill – SB127 – in the waning hours of the regular session. Passage of the bill cleared the way for it to move to the governor.

Once responsibilities are shifted to the BMV, the agency would be required to set rules for driver education training, which would include rules pertaining to commercial driver training schools.

The agency would issue licenses to individuals who want to set up or operate a commercial driving training school.

A fiscal impact statement attached to the bill explains that allowing licensed driver training schools to administer tests could decrease the workload and expenses for the state.

Supporters say the bill should bring uniformity in cost, availability and criteria.

“This driver’s education system is more complicated than it should be,” Sen. Ed. Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, said in a previous statement. “By streamlining services, we could help use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and more effectively train drivers.”

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