Bills in Congress Would Allow Drivers Under-21 to Operate Interstate

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The DRIVE Safe Act was introduced into both chambers of Congress in February and it would allow CDL holders under the age of 21 to cross state lines and drive in interstate operations. Currently, federal law only allows CDL holders 21 and older to operate interstate. If passed, the bill also would institute new training criteria for under-21 operators to be able to drive interstate. Those requirements include at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time — both with an experienced operator training them. Trucks used for this training would be equipped with active braking systems, forward-facing video recorders, and speed governors that cap speeds at 65 mph. The American Trucking Associations, a strong proponent of the legislation, has argued that it could help mitigate the driver shortage and help the trucking industry tap into a larger pool of prospective career drivers.

Commercial Carrier Journal 3/19/2019

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