2015-11-11 / Front Page

Goldfeder Wants More Vets In The Driver Seat

As communities across the city prepare to honor the service of our nation's veterans, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Rockaway Park) is taking steps to ensure the experiences of one Rockaway service member are properly honored by the state's hiring process. With a new bill, Assemblyman Goldfeder is proposing to amend the state's vehicle and traffic laws to include veterans' military driving experience in the state's minimum requirements for new bus drivers.As communities across the city prepare to honor the service of our nation's veterans, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Rockaway Park) is taking steps to ensure the experiences of one Rockaway service member are properly honored by the state's hiring process. With a new bill, Assemblyman Goldfeder is proposing to amend the state's vehicle and traffic laws to include veterans' military driving experience in the state's minimum requirements for new bus drivers.Assemblyman introduces bill recognizing veterans' military driving records for bus driver applications in New York State, eliminating current three-year waiting period Goldfeder proposal inspired by story of Rockaway Park veteran barred by waiting period provision, despite years' experience on base driving military transport vehicles

As communities across the city prepare to honor the service of our nation's veterans, Goldfeder is taking steps to ensure the experiences of one Rockaway service member are properly honored by the state's hiring process. With a new bill, Assemblyman Goldfeder is proposing to amend the state's vehicle and traffic laws to include veterans' military driving experience in the state's minimum requirements for new bus drivers.

"If our veterans can drive a tank in battle, then they shouldn't have trouble driving a bus," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "Our veterans should not have to wait three years just to prove that they have the safe driving records to be employed as bus operators. By counting service members' military experience, we can open up employment opportunities to recently-discharged vets and help ease their transition back into civilian life."

Assemblyman Goldfeder announced plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session amending New York State Vehicle and Traffic (VAT) Law to include military driving
experience towards the state's three year driving experience requirement for new bus operators.

Currently, under Title 5 of the VAT, Access-a-Ride and other motor carrier companies are
required obtain the last 3 years of applicants' driving records to ensure good conduct before
being hired.

The Assemblyman's proposal was inspired by the story of Rockaway Park veteran Specialist
Rubin Caminero, who reached out to Goldfeder's office after his application to work as a driver with the city's Access-a-Ride service was denied due to the 3-year experience requirement.

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