Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 5, 2019
Sen. Rob Standridge
Senate approves bill allowing
third-party commercial driver license testing
State Sen. Rob Standridge has won Senate approval for a measure
allowing third-party commercial driver license (CDL) testing. Standridge
said 40 states already have some form of third-party CDL testing.
He said if Senate Bill 378 becomes law, Oklahoma will be able to
address a costly testing backlog in an industry that is an important
part of the state’s economy.
“Commercial trucking is a big industry in Oklahoma. But testing
backlogs and delays in our state result in $5 million in lost wages
every year,” said Standridge, R-Norman. “Allowing third-party
testing will get thousands of Oklahomans licensed to get on the
road sooner and help us keep our economy moving.”
Currently, the Department of Public Safety is in charge of CDL testing
in Oklahoma. In 2016, there were 6,274 retests given with a wait
time of five days, resulting in lost driver wages, reduced economic
output and the loss of taxes. Standridge said the data shows third-party
testing will help reduce those wait times.
“The third-party testing could conceivably be a career-tech
or a private company, but we will work closely with DPS to ensure
that safety is paramount,” Standridge said.
SB 378 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Standridge: (405) 521-5535