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New trucking bill sets sights on young drivers to ease capacity crunch

March 21, 2018 / Shefali Kapadia

Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) introduced on Wednesday the DRIVE-Safe Act, which allows truck drivers ages 18 to 21 to cross state lines after going through a training program. In most states, drivers can get a commercial driver's license at age 18 but can't move goods across state lines until age 21. The bill would implement a two-step training program, requiring young truckers to complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time, accompanied by an experienced driver.