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Hawaii Vetoes Lowering Minimum Age for CDL from 21 to 18

June 7, 2005

HONOLULU – Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed a measure that would have lowered the minimum age for commercial driver licenses to 18 from 21.The state legislature passed the bill in April. It was backed by transportation companies facing a bus and commercial truck driver shortage. The state Department of Transportation opposed the measure, saying that allowing younger drivers to operate large vehicles, such as buses and big rigs, was a safety hazard.
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