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FMCSA announces pilot program to allow some 18 to 20-year-olds to operate commercial trucks

from PGANE

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated that they were launching a pilot program that would allow some qualified drivers from 18 to 20-years-old to operate commercial trucks across state lines. Current federal law requires drivers operating commercial trucks across state lines to be at least 21-years-old. The program comes in response to the truck driver shortage that the American Trucking Associations says could reach 63,000 this year. There are similar efforts underway in the House to decrease the driver shortage. In March, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) introduced H.R. 5358, the "DRIVE-Safe Act." The "Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act" would allow drivers 18 and older to operate across state lines, if they meet rigorous training requirements - at least 400 hours of on-duty time with 240 hours of driving time, with an experienced driver training them. Training would also be restricted to trucks equipped with active braking systems, video monitoring systems and speed limiters set to 65 mph or slower. more

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