New Mexico Bill Would Loosen CDL Restrictions

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A bill introduced by New Mexico Senator Steven Neville would affect the state’s CDL laws.

Senate Bill 41 would allow for students who attended a CDL school to have unlimited opportunities to take the written portion of the CDL exam.

Currently, CDL students in New Mexico are only allowed to take the written portion of the exam three times a year, while many other states have no limits on the amount of times a student my retake the written exam. The law would still require students to pass the skills portion of the test within three attempts.

Senator Nevill says the current law prevents qualified drivers from getting CDL jobs.

“This gives applicants who might be limited in English or in reading multiple chances to pass and secure a job. We should encourage jobs, not deprive people of them. It will help the drivers and the industries that are anxious to employ them with great paying opportunities.  Some drivers can earn up to $100,000 a year,” Nevill told KRWG.