Truck Driver Shortage, The Fight To Lower The Driving Age Requirement
The truck driver shortage is expected to hit 63,000 this year according to the American Trucking Association. As a result, there’s a lot to talk regarding lowering the age requirement for obtaining an interstate commercial driver’s license.
The driver shortage is causing delayed deliveries and higher prices at the store. Companies pass on their higher costs to consumers. So, we need to figure out what we can do to slow the shortage.
Many larger trucking companies are urging President Trump and Congress to change the minimum driving age. This is a potential solution. Although, safety advocates are concerned. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association states. “Not only be detrimental to road safety, but also to those seeking to enter the trucking industry as professional drivers.”
Among state and federal statistics, intrastate CMV drivers under the age of 19 are four times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes. Eighteen-year-olds can obtain a commercial driver’s license in most states. However, these younger drivers must stay inside state lines. Some argue that since young drivers can drive hours across an entire state, they should be able to cross state lines.
Washington introduced a measure last week with the following requirements. Teenagers must log 400 hours of on-duty driving and 240 hours of working with an experienced driver in the passenger seat before getting licensed to cross state lines. Outfitting the trucks with automatic brakes, video cameras, and a device that keeps the speed below 65 miles per hour were also in the measure.
What Do You Think?
Is lowering the age limit to accommodate the driver shortage the right move? Would this measure, cause more problems? Or would it fix the problem? Do younger drivers, with the proper training, pose more of a safety threat on the road?
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