The FMCSA made an announcement to allow younger drivers in the new pilot program.
On September 4th, the Federal Register notice stated that the agency is looking to allow 18-20-year-olds to drive. The younger generation will be able to be a part of interstate commerce.
The individuals have to have a commercial driver’s license. They will also need to participate in a 120-hour probationary period. After that, drivers will then need to undergo another 280-hour probationary period under an apprenticeship.
That does not sound too bad.
The program would also permit 19 and 20-year old commercial drivers to have at it. This is IF they have driven CMVs in interstate commerce for a minimum of one year. They also need to have driven 25,000 miles.
People will also feel comfortable knowing that “the study group drivers would not be allowed to operate vehicles hauling passengers, hazardous materials, or special configuration vehicles.” This is in accordance with the announcement.
How will younger drivers improve the trucking industry?
Furthermore, FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck said:
“This will allow the agency to carefully examine the safety, feasibility, and possible economic benefits… Safety is always FMCSA’s top priority. We encourage drivers, motor carriers, and interested citizens to review this proposed new pilot program.”
Drivers operating commercial motor vehicles normally tend to range in their mid-40s and up.
This proposal could overall help the trucking industry. For some time now, the trucking industry has been hitting some bumps in the road.
The truckers are getting to the age where they are ready to retire. The experts are leaving!
People are too tired for the requirements. Long 14-hour drives is taxing on a person.
The FMCSA also has a proposal to enable 30 minutes-3 hour breaks in between. These will serve as rejuvenation periods.
We are glad to see the FMCSA looking for additions to benefit the CMVs industry.