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Many US trade associations are urging Congress to pass legislation allowing apprenticeship programs for truckers under the age of 21 to help combat the shortage of trucking capacity across the county. Although the DRIVE-safe is not popular with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as well as other consumer and insurance organizations, the concept has gained momentum since the FAST Act of 2015. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015 allows 18-20 year olds with military experience to drive tractor-trailers in interstate commerce. Other carriers are investing in driver schools which hopes to create opportunity through a CDL program for fresh high-school graduates. Although younger drivers are not necessarily the most popular choice for transporting cargo across the nation, shippers are desperate for a solution to the capacity shortage.

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