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September 24, 2020 | USDA Grain Transportation Report

FMCSA Seeks Comments on CDL Holder Program

Pilot program would allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests public comments, by November 9, on a proposed pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

The pilot program proposes to allow drivers to participate if they fit at least one of two categories.

First, a participant could be an 18 to 20-year-old commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder who operates CMVs in interstate commerce while taking part in a 120-hour probationary period and a subsequent 280-hour probationary period under an apprenticeship program established by an employer.

Alternatively, a participant could be a 19- or 20-year-old commercial driver who has operated CMVs in intrastate commerce for at least 1 year and at least 25,000 miles.

The pilot’s drivers would not be permitted to operate special configuration vehicles or vehicles hauling passengers or hazardous materials. 

Information provided by USDA Grain Transportation Report.

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