FMCSA Program Would Allow CDL Drivers Under 21 to Engage in Interstate Commerce

From Idealease Safety Bulletin—May 17, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is requesting public comments about a potential second pilot program that paves the way for drivers ages 18 to 20 to obtain their commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. In July 2018, the DOT released details of the Commercial Driver Pilot Program as part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which allows certain 18- to 20-year-olds with military training to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. The latest proposal provides opportunities for non-military drivers ages 18 to 20 to also operate CMVs in interstate commerce. The FMCSA is requesting comments on training, qualifications, driving limitations, and vehicle safety programs that should be considered in developing options or approaches for a second pilot program to take place. Public comments can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal at regulations.gov under Docket No. FMCSA-2018-0346. Comments must be received on or before July 15, 2019.