New Colorado law lowers age for interstate trucking
- Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a piece of legislation last week that allows people as young as 18 years of age to drive a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce. First, though, it has to be made legal on the federal level, which has previously prohibited 18-21 year olds from driving Class 8 trucks across state lines.
- The trucking industry supports the legislation. Jay Hicks, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association and Western States Transportation Alliance, testified in support of the bill on Feb. 5. And the American Trucking Associations has voiced support for a change at the federal level.
- State Sen. Ray Scott said the law will help with a nationwide driver shortage, according to Transport Topics.
Senators introduced legislation last year that would have lowered the age at the federal level, but the DRIVE-Safe Act was never even voted on.
“Not only would the DRIVE-Safe Act create new career opportunities for young Kansans, but it would also help move the supply-chain nationwide in a more expeditious manner – benefitting many sectors of the Kansas economy,” Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said in a statement when the law was introduced last year.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimates a shortage of 51,000 drivers around the country, and it expects this to increase to nearly 100,000 by 2021, according to USA Today.
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