Members of a House committee are considering a bill ( HB 1420 ) that would require anyone applying for a commercial driver’s license to demonstrate an understanding of English before the license could be issued.
Representative Neal St. Onge of Ballwin, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, sponsors the legislation, which is similar to a bill that cleared the House last year but got bogged down in the Senate. He says this is an effort to keep Missouri’s roads safe.
St. Onge says the current practice of allowing interpretors to join license applicants would be done away with. He says it makes sense for a driver hauling hazardous materials down the road to be able to read State Transportation Department advisory signs.
The bill was given a hearing, but no further action was taken.