Starting July 2008, those who want to obtain a CDL in Washington state are required to meet 160 hours of training before they can recieve the license. What a stupid and ridiculous idea that is, way to make it even more difficult for the upcoming generation to get into the field. Is it just me or is this backward thinking? If CDL drivers have to recieve 160 hours of training I think that anyone getting a standard drivers license should have to sit through 25 hours of instruction. Those of us who got our licenses at 16 actually had to attend classes, those 18 and over can just go grab a license after they pass the written test, which is easier than all hell. I think there are many more stupid people driving around creating more problems, per capita, than CDL drivers so I'm not sure why we're boosting the requirements on commercial drivers.