A bill was reintroduced into congress that proposed to allow 18-to-20-year-olds to haul containers to and from ports. It is propositioned that opening the line haul field to a new, younger demographic would help to solve some of the issues with recruiting and keeping new truckers; especially after years of experiencing sever driver shortages and high industry turn-over. As it stands, Federal law requires that drivers hauling cargo over state lines need to be at least 21-years-of-age with a commercial driver’s license. This bill was initially proposed in 2021 as a solution to ease supply chain disruptions resulting from pandemic-related demand. Many industry groups have been lobbying to lower the minimum trucking age for several years now, and with this reintroduction, many are hopeful a new workforce could help provide relief from a long-standing driver shortage.

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