Legislation accelerating the testing process for earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, was advanced today by the Law and Public Safety Committee. Dancer’s bill (A3946) establishes a pilot program utilizing private vendors to administer CDL testing, alleviating frustration with the current months-long process. The bill passed 8-0.

Truck drivers are in demand. The inefficient system in place is preventing people from getting jobs, and hindering businesses from filling critical positions,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “There’s no reason it should take three or four months to schedule a driving test. This bill puts people to work and provides a boost to the economy.

Currently, third-party testing is legal in New Jersey, but the state has never issued the necessary regulations for private vendors. As a result, wait times for acquiring CDLs can stretch on for months, among the longest in the country.

Without drivers for the trucks, the whole market system breaks down,” continued Dancer. “Businesses will be able to meet the demand for drivers without compromising standards and keeping our roads safe.

Under the bill’s pilot program, three private vendors will be selected, in south, central and north Jersey. If enacted, New Jersey would become the 40th state permitting private testing.