Trucking News- FMCSA Announces New Pilot Program for Young Drivers

How many of us started today thinking it was Monday? It is Tuesday and here is some Trucking News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a pilot program that will allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles for use in interstate commerce. The drivers would take part in a 120-hour probationary period and a subsequent 280-hour probationary period under an apprenticeship. According to an article by Transport Topics, “The proposed pilot also would allow participation by 19- and 20-year-old commercial drivers who have operated CMVs in intrastate commerce for a minimum of one year and driven 25,000 miles. The study group drivers would not be allowed to operate vehicles hauling passengers, hazardous materials or special configuration vehicles.”

For years the trucking industry has struggled to recruit younger drivers, and the average age of a commercial driver is 55 years old. According to the ATA Chairman Randy Guillot, “As an industry, we need to find new ways to connect with potential new drivers. By providing young people the opportunity to fully participate in the financially rewarding and dynamic world of trucking, we will be in a better position to bring in a new generation of valuable talent to our industry.”

 

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-pilot-would-allow-younger-drivers-interstate-commerce

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/09/576752327/trucking-industry-struggles-with-growing-driver-shortage#:~:text=The%20Bureau%20of%20Labor%20Statistics,women%2C%20according%20to%20the%20ATA.

 

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