Bill would lower truck driver age to 18

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

WASHINGTON - Par­ents may hes­i­tate to hand teens the keys to the fam­ily car, but Congress is propos­ing to al­low driv­ers as young as 18 to get be­hind the wheel of big rigs on the na­tion's in­ter­states. Fed­eral reg­u­la­tions cur­rently re­quire driv­ers be at least 21 be­fore they can drive com­mer­cial trucks across state lines, but a bill in­tro­duced this week by Repub­li­can sen­a­tors would al­low con­tigu­ous states that join to­gether in “com­pacts” to drop the age thresh­old to 18 for in­ter­state trips.

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