April 15, 2008 1:00 PM, EDT

FMCSA Issues CDL Learner’s Permit Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it intends to set new minimum standards for issuing learner’s permits to prospective commercial drivers and revise the knowledge and skills tests administered to people seeking commercial driver licenses.

The agency said it is proposing to set a minimum age for someone seeking a commercial learner’s permit; establish new tampering and fraud-prevention standards for the license and permit; adopt the skills and knowledge test used by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; and stiffen the legal requirements for applicants to require more documentation of a driver’s residency status.

FMCSA is accepting comment on the regulation until early June.