Republican Senators call for under-21 interstate truckers for 'driver shortage' relief

Nov 20, 2021

Group of Senators call on FMCSA to allow 18-year-old interstate truckers

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), joined by nine other Republican Senators, urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to lower the legal interstate driving age for CDL holders to 18 to help address the industry’s perceived “driver shortage.”

In a letter sent to FMCSA Deputy Administrator Meera Joshi on Nov. 3, the Senators said the perceived shortage coupled with the nation’s ongoing supply chain issues have been detrimental to the nation’s economy, noting that if not addressed, “inaction to grow America’s pool of truck drivers threatens to drive up shipping expenses, prolong delays, and burden already-strained consumers with additional costs.”

The letter said allowing 18-20-year-old CDL holders to drive interstate would “get American goods and services moving again.”

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Posted by: Pat Monks