Senate Passes Senator Gordner’s “Helmets to Hardhats” Legislation to Benefit Veteran Service Men and Women

(HARRISBURG) – – Legislation that will make it easier for men and women of the armed forces to be certified as commercial drivers in civilian life has unanimously passed the state Senate.  Senate Bill 262 was authored by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27), who worked with the Departments of Transportation and Labor and Industry on the legislation.  The bill is a component of a program informally known as “Helmets to Hardhats.”

“Many individuals serving in the military have experience driving vehicles similar to those that require a commercial driver’s license in Pennsylvania and other states,” said Senator Gordner.  “My legislation permits those who have the requisite military driving experience to apply for a waiver of commercial licensing requirements with the Department of Transportation, provided that they have at least two years of experience operating vehicles similar to those that require a commercial license in Pennsylvania.”

Additional requirements are that the applicant has no prior history of suspended driving privileges or disqualifying motor vehicle offenses, which involve serious offenses such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or causing accidents resulting in the injury or death of others.

“At a time when our service men and women are being called to duty, we should be doing everything we can to make their return to the civilian workforce as easy as possible.  It’s the least we can do to thank them for their service to our country,” said the Senator.

Senate Bill 262 now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.