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FMCSA Pilot Program Allowing Truck Drivers Younger Than 21 to Cross State Lines Divides Industry, Safety Advocates

The Washington Post reported the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration “is proposing a pilot program to allow people as young as 18 to drive trucks across the country, an idea enthusiastically supported by trucking companies as a way to open the door to recruitment in high schools but facing deep opposition from safety organizations that say it will lead to immature drivers causing more crashes.” As the story said, “major safety organizations have rallied in opposition to the plan, arguing that data show drivers younger than 21 are far more dangerous on the roads.” For now, FMCSA is going through public comments on the proposed pilot program, which “would seek to recruit at least 200 drivers, and they would be required to carry out 240 hours of driving as part of a probationary period or already have a year and 25,000 miles of experience driving within state borders.”

From the news release of the American Association for Justice.

Bob Kraft

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