The Pennsylvania transportation department announced Oct. 28 that all applicants for a commercial driver's license learner's permit are now required to first pass all applicable knowledge testing before a permit can be issued for the requested commercial class, endorsement or restriction removal. Previously, a CDL learner's permit was issued prior to passage of knowledge testing.
"The application process and forms will remain basically unchanged," PENNDOT Secretary Bradley L. Mallory said. "The main procedural changes are related to the testing process.
"We changed our commercial driver licensing procedures in response to the Governor's Truck Safety Initiative and recommendations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These changes have been developed to improve safety by ensuring all CDL applicants have the required knowledge and understanding to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle before the driving skills are practiced on our public roadways."
All commercial learner's permits issued by PENNDOT before Oct. 28 will not be affected by these new procedures.