Comment On Pilot Program For Younger Interstate Commercial Drivers

This action requests comments on a second pilot program to allow non-military drivers ages 18-20 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. ( Stock Image )

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is seeking public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

“Commercial trucks and buses are essential to a thriving national economy, and the Department wants to ensure the public has an opportunity to comment on this important potential change,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Drivers ages 18-20 may currently only operate CMVs in intrastate commerce. In July 2018, USDOT announced the details of the Commercial Driver Pilot Program required under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which allows certain 18- to 20-year-olds with military training to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

This action requests comments on a second pilot program to allow non-military drivers ages 18-20 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
 
ARA supports this effort, which is similar to the Drive Safe Act (S. 569 / H.R. 1374), sponsored in the Senate by Senators Young, R-Ind., and Tester, D-Mont., and in the House by Representatives Hollingsworth, R-INd., and Cuellar, D-Texas.  Nothing yet on this proposal in any draft highway bill.

The Federal Register Notice, including how to submit comments, is available here.

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