- Posted July 10, 2014 by
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Massachusetts a separate country??? Massachusetts discriminates against hardworking truck drivers???
I am trying to convert or transfer my Commercial Driver License (CDL) to Massachusetts. Massachusetts has additional requirements for Commercial Driver’s to present as evidence of license to drive a commercial vehicle. Normal transfer requirement by most states is current valid license, government photo ID, proof of citizenship, proof of residency and pay a reasonable processing fee. Massachusetts wants more: log books for the last six months, letter from previous employer and proof of two years uninterrupted driving experience. If these requirements are not met the driver needs to be retested (CDL schools cost up to $10,000). I have proof of driving records from two states no accidents or tickets for 15 years. I was living in Washington State, I was notified my grandmother had a stroke. I went home to New York State to try to take care of grandma in her home by myself(I need to try to take care of my grandmother, I could not just put her in a nursing home). Then my lady (who is deaf and has no family in the United States of America (sort of x-lady at the time)), in Washington State took a job in Massachusetts. I begged her not to take the job and through huge ambiguity, I helped her move across country to Massachusetts. This action of trying to take care of my grandmother and helping another person caused a gap of 9 months in driving experience. My former employer has the option to submit documentation. If my former employer does not submit documentation because of liability and other risks (this is becoming normal procedure or standard policy of many employers not to allow references or anything after separation with employee). My former employer was a local carrier exempt from log books. Massachusetts is acting like a separate country. In the United States Constitution its states, "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States"( Also known as the “Freedom of movement clause”). Massachusetts also has an exemption to the extra document requirements; if a prior citizen of Massachusetts with a prior CDL from Massachusetts no additional documentation is required. Massachusetts gives a preference to prior Massachusetts citizenship too (maybe a violation of equal protection 14th Amendment).
Why the picture of the fish??? The fish industry placed that in the state capital building of Massachusetts to remind them to keep their hands off the fishing industry. I would like to see a truck next to the fish because the fish do not move from the pier unless on a truck. Plus, maybe a civics lesson or two while in session.