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The DRIVE-Safe Act Issue Page

The DRIVE-Safe Act

Our nation’s shortage of truck drivers is impacting chemical distributor’s ability to provide on-time product delivery. The DRIVE-Safe Act would address this shortage by lifting interstate restrictions for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders under the age of 21. NACD supports passage of the DRIVE-Safe Act and any legislation that addresses our massive truck driver shortage.

 

Background

Ongoing rail service disruptions and our nation’s truck driver shortage are impacting chemical distributors’ ability to provide on-time product delivery. Contributing to the shortage is the slow replacement of retiring drivers because commercial drivers are not permitted to move goods interstate until they have reached 21 years of age. Today’s interstate restrictions hurt businesses that are bound by contract to deliver a product on time. Many products are delivered via rail or truck. Continuing rail service disruptions and an aging workforce that has created a driver shortage prevent businesses such as chemical distributors from competing in today’s market.

NACD Supports:

  • Legislation that addresses the massive truck driver shortage affecting the movement of American commerce;
  • Expanding the availability of commercially licensed drivers by promoting opportunity and enhanced training for the 18- to 21-year-old population;
  • Strengthening training programs beyond current standards to ensure greater safety, and
  • Lifting interstate driver restrictions that currently prohibit younger drivers with commercial driver licenses (CDL) from moving goods across state lines.

Latest Action

In the 117th Congress, The DRIVE-Safe Act (H.R.1745, S. 659) was introduced by Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) respectively, addressing the driver shortage by lifting interstate restrictions for CDL holders under the age of 21. This bill would have reduced the strain commerce is facing by strengthening driver training requirements. Drivers under the age of 21 first obtaining a CDL would begin a two-step program of additional training, including rigorous performance benchmarks.

The program will require drivers to complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time with an experienced driver supervising. All trucks used for training in the program must be equipped with safety technology.

 

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For further questions about NACD’s The DRIVE-Safe Act Issue Page, please contact Nicholas Breslin, Coordinator of Government Affairs at nbreslin@nacd.com.