Monday, August 17, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Proposed Bill to Allow More Teens to Drive Big-Rigs

For several years now, the American Trucking Association has been lamenting a shortage of truck drivers caused by retiring baby boomers and a growing demand for freight. Recently, the ATA has sought to solve this problem by asking Congress to approve a bill that would allow more teen drivers behind the wheel of tractor trailers. Many trucking companies already employ 18-20 year olds as in-state drivers. However, current federal regulations require drivers who cross state lines to be at least 21 years old. The rule is designed to protect young drivers and other motorists from the dangers of combining inexperience with driving heavy trucks for long distances. The proposed bill would permit states to form compacts that allow drivers as young as 18 years old to drive between them. The bill would restrict the number of miles a teen driver could travel into a neighboring state to 100 miles. Teens would also not be permitted to transport hazardous materials and many oversized loads. The bill

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