Proposed pilot program to include younger drivers with military experience

A limited number of qualifying drivers to participate in the three-year study

Posted July 6, 2018

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) pilot program will assist military veterans and reservists who do not meet the minimum federal age requirement to operate commercial motor vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require that drivers be at least 21 years old.

Under the pilot program, drivers who are 18, 19, and 20 years of age and possess the U.S. Military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) may operate large trucks in interstate commerce, if they are sponsored by a participating trucking company.

The pilot program is required under Section 5404 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and would take place over a three-year period. A limited number of individuals would be included in the pilot program, during which the safety records of these drivers will be compared against the records of a control group of drivers.

Public comments before launching

Before the pilot program may launched, FMCSA is required under law to seek public comments on the program and publish its responses to them in the Federal Register. The notices for comments appeared in the Federal Register July 6, 2018.


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