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FMCSA Seeks Input on Licensing Young Drivers to Operate Trucks

August 22, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Image, News
FMCSA Seeks Input on Licensing Young Drivers to Operate Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing a three-year pilot program that allows a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

The program, as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, targets potential truck drivers who have received specified heavy-vehicle driver training while serving in the military and are sponsored by a participating motor carrier.

The federal agency is also proposing criteria for a working group to consult with the FMCSA in conducting, monitoring and evaluating the pilot program.

The agency seeks public input during the next 30 days on the pilot program as well as outlined procedural steps and a data collection plan.

To read the Federal Register notice and provide comments, visit federalregister.gov/articles/2016/08/22/2016-19948. Comments and data received from the public will be used to further develop the program.