FMCSA announces pilot program for 18- to 21-year-old military drivers
Posted August 22, 2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing a three-year pilot program which would allow a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce if they received specified heavy-vehicle driver training while in military service, and are sponsored by a participating motor carrier.
During the program, the safety records of the drivers would be compared to the records of a control group of comparable size, comprised of drivers who are 21 years of age or older and who have comparable training and experience in driving vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The control group would consist of volunteer drivers who meet specified criteria and are employed by a participating carrier. The comparison of the two groups’ performance would help to determine whether age is a critical safety factor.
In its proposal, the FMCSA also outlines:
- Criteria for a working group for consultation in conducting, monitoring, and evaluating the pilot program;
- Procedural steps for carrying out the program; and
- A data collection plan.
The agency will be accepting public comments on the proposal for 30 days.
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