HARRISBURG – PennDOT began implementing new federal CDL skill
test requirements this past June 15. If you or your employees are prepping for
the CDL, be sure that you have the new skills test materials. You can find the
new test materials by clicking here.
Automatic Transmission Restriction
While it has not yet been implemented in Pennsylvania, be
aware that the new federal regulations require that when you take your CDL
skills test, whether you take it in a vehicle with a standard shift or an
automatic transmission will matter. If you take the skills test in a standard
shift transmission, you can also drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission.
However, if you take the skills test in a vehicle with an automatic
transmission, you will have your CDL license restricted to driving only
Current CDL Holders Grandfathered
This standard vs. automatic requirement has not yet been
implemented in Pennsylvania since it requires a change in state law which has
not yet happened. PLNA is monitoring this and will notify members through
e-News when the new requirement takes effect. Anyone with a current CDL at the
time this new requirement takes effect will be grandfathered to be able to
operate both standard and automatic transmissions. So if you have been putting
off getting your CDL, now would be the time to do it.