CA Newswire: Senate Bill to Create More Earning Opportunities for Military Families in Transportation Industry

Wednesday, April 11 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Senate Bill (SB) 1080 passed out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday on a 13-0 vote. The measure would allow active duty military and their spouses and family members to drive for transportation network companies (TNC) immediately upon their relocation to California, with a valid out-of-state driver’s license.

Current law requires transportation network company drivers in California to possess a California driver’s license. This creates obstacles, especially for the spouses of active duty military members who need access to earning opportunities right away.

“Recently transitioned military families can benefit significantly from SB 1080, since it can be difficult for them to find paid permanent employment upon relocation,” said the measure’s author Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton). “Relocation can be very stressful on military families who are constantly on the move, SB 1080 aims to create one less obstacle in the relocation process.”

Statistics show that Military families tend to relocate 10 times more often than civilian families – on average every 2 or 3 years. The current requirement that all rideshare drivers have a California license is especially burdensome for service members and their families...(Read Full Text)