New learner’s permit rule eases path to CDL

The FMCSA has made it easier for those looking to obtain a commercial driver’s license in an action that could help get more drivers into the pipeline faster. The new rule, announced on Dec. 21 and which goes into effect on Feb. 19 next year, gives state driver’s licensing agencies the option of issuing a commercial learner’s permit, or CLP, valid for up to one year from the date it’s issued, versus the current requirement of six months…