Legislation passed earlier this week that would exempt emergency personnel from acquiring a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) to perform official duties was signed into law today by Governor David Paterson.
This legislation expands on an amendment made in this yearís budget, which exempts first responders from having to obtain a CDL license to drive away from the scene of an emergency, to include duties such as hydrant maintenance and training exercises. Additionally, this legislation conforms to federal regulations and, thereby, helps preserve $31 million in federal highway aid.
The financial burden CDLs were putting on our emergency responders was unfair and unnecessary. I am pleased that the governor signed this legislation and proud to stand beside the hardworking men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our communities.