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Younger drivers are coming

by Charlotte Freed | Mar 08, 2019

New driving law supports younger drivers
Lawmakers are rejoicing over the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE)-Safe Act. The bipartisan backed bill is designed to facilitate interstate driving for truckers under the age of 21. Transportation experts and fleets around the country are hoping it could provide some relief to the escalating driver shortage.

Under this law, drivers are referred to as apprentices. As apprentices, drivers will need to earn their CDL and complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time. These apprentices will also be subject to additional regulations: operating a CMV no higher than 65 miles per hour, operating a CMV with active braking collision mitigation systems, and operating a CMV with forward-facing video cameras. 

40 national trade associations and large companies have signed on to support the bill, saying it is a common sense solution that will help address the driver shortage. ATA President Chris Spear believes this support demonstrates “how real a threat the driver shortage presents to our nation’s economic security over the long term.”

Supporters will continue to lobby as they work to push the bill across the finish line and into law.

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