April 5, 2021

Bill Would Allow Younger Commercial Truck Drivers to Cross State Lines

FEDA has signed on to a letter asking legislators to support the DRIVE Safe Act (S. 659 and H.R. 1475), which would allow individuals under the age of 21 to obtain a commercial driver’s license and participate in interstate commerce.

This bipartisan legislation garnered the support of more than one-third of the House and Senate during the previous Congress and would help alleviate the country’s growing truck driver shortage. Forty-nine states and Washington D.C. already allow individuals under the age of 21 to obtain a commercial driver’s license for intrastate commerce. The DRIVE Safe Act would allow them to drive across state lines following a rigorous two-step apprenticeship program. To qualify, candidates must complete at least 400 hours of additional training – more than what is required for any other CDL holder in the nation.

To read the complete letter, please click here.