204 young adults receive CDL Class A license through new training program

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 12:32 PM EDT
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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced Friday that 204 people received a CDL Class A license through the CDL Class A Young Adult Training Program. The recipients were ages 18 to 20.

Previously, Assemblywoman Lupardo championed the legislation for the program, which was signed into law last year and went into effect in May 2022. She made Friday’s announcement at Burr Trucking in Vestal.

Before the legislation was signed into law, drivers ages 18 to 20 were only eligible for a CDL Class B license. The Class A license allows drivers to operate a wider variety of commercial vehicles including tractor trailers.

The program requires applicants to successfully complete 300 hours of supervised truck-driving training. They are only able to drive in New York state.

Lupardo said truck drivers are crucial to the economy.

“We saw firsthand during the pandemic how a shortage of drivers disrupted the supply chain bringing goods to market,” Lupardo said. “I am very glad to see so many young drivers taking advantage of this program and starting their careers earlier. I’m also glad to see B-T Workforce offering their support to this effort as well.”

Sept. 11 to 17 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

The President of NY Trucking Association Kendra Hems said Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a great time to showcase the benefits of having a career in trucking.

“Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need,” said Hems. With the support and steadfast commitment of Assemblywoman Lupardo, young adults in New York now have an opportunity to begin professional careers directly out of high school in this essential industry.

Six young adults from Broome County were part of 204 recipients.