The DC council has passed act 18-445 unanimously, removing the absolute restriction that a commercial driver’s license holder must be aged 21. There’s still some limitations that seem a little arbitrary; that license won’t allow the driver to command a school bus or any vehicle with more than 15 passengers, hazardous material, or weighing more than 26,001 pounds. If we view these things as so important that they require more competence and maturity then maybe they should be tied to experience and how long the license has been held, not an absolute age.
However it’s a good start on making equitable a process that already tests for knowledge and competency. Good on the council and the mayor for allowing folks old enough to die for their country to have equal opportunity to earn a living.