The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is calling for public comment on a potential pilot program that would allow drivers between the ages of 18-20 years old to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. Comments are due on or before July 15.
ARA believes this pilot program would be a great opportunity for younger drivers to gain training in operating CMVs in the private sector, and will also fill a growing need for drivers among agricultural retailers and distributors. ARA has made it easy for you to send comments in support of the pilot program. Click here to send your comments to the FMCSA before they close on July 15.
Specifically, FMCSA is requesting comments on the training, qualifications, driving limitations, and vehicle safety systems that should be taken into consideration when developing a potential second pilot program for younger drivers without military experience. A USDOT Commercial Driver Pilot Program is active now but only allows 18-20-year-old drivers with military training to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. Currently, 18-20-year-old drivers may only operate CMVs in intrastate commerce.