Congress Eyes Changes to Trucking Laws, Could Permit Interstate Travel for Drivers under 21

A pilot program may be established to allow drivers under 21 to take big rigs across state lines

World-Herald Bureau

Washington, DCNov. 11, 2015—The Senate highway bill says the Department of Transportation may establish a pilot program to permit drivers under 21 to take big rigs across state lines.

The version approved by the House last week says the department shall pursue such a pilot program for young drivers.

In the coming weeks, House and Senate negotiators will be hashing out their differences on federal trucking policy, grappling with everything from driver drug testing to ways of dividing grant dollars. The final results will ripple across an industry that represents an important economic engine for states such as Nebraska.

Safety advocates have attacked the GOP proposals on truck safety regulations as a recipe for more dangerous highways.

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