TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that they’re accepting applications for a pilot program to permit 18-20 year olds to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.
“This program will help our country’s Veterans and Reservists transition into good-paying jobs while addressing the shortage of truck drivers in our country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
As directed by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the pilot program will allow a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 to operate large trucks. Applicants must possess the military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are sponsored by a participating trucking company. During the program, which is set to run for up to three years, the safety records of these drivers will be compared to the records of a control group of drivers.
“We are excited to launch this program to help the brave men and women who serve our country explore employment opportunities in the commercial motor vehicle industry. With the nation’s economy reaching new heights, the trucking industry continues to need drivers and have job openings. We encourage Veterans and Reservists to apply and to learn more about this exciting new program,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
To learn more about this program and how to apply, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/under21pilot/under-21-pilot-program