DOT to Launch Pilot Program for Former Military Veteran Drivers, Age 18-20

 

IMTA --- In 2016 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a proposal to conduct a pilot program to allow 18 – 20-year old drivers with verifiable military driving experience to operate trucks in interstate commerce. The proposal included a comment period, with comments submitted both in favor, and against the proposed program.

Last week FMCSA published, in the Federal Register, an intent to move ahead with the pilot program. They also published a request for comments on the proposed collection of information from the pilot program. That means that we, once again, have an opportunity to comment on the proposed pilot program.

Carriers will be required to complete an application to be a part of the pilot study, but anyone can comment on the program. When FMCSA announces the approval of the program, interested carriers will be required to complete the application form. To qualify for participation, a carrier must meet the following standards:

  1. Must have proper operating authority
  2. Must have the minimum levels of insurance
  3. Must not be a high or moderate risk carrier
  4. Must not have a Conditional of Unsatisfactory rating
  5. Must not have any open or closed enforcement actions within the past 6 years
  6. Must not have a crash rating above the National average
  7. Must not have a driver Out-Of-Service rate above the National average
  8. Must not have a vehicle Out-Of-Service rate above the National average

FMCSA is asking interested parties to comment on any aspect of the information collection, including:

  • Whether there are specific criteria that should make a driver ineligible to participate in the program;
  • Whether there are specific criteria that should make a carrier ineligible to participate in the program;
  • Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions;
  • Whether additional items should be reported to FMCSA within 24 hours, other than a driver being involved in a crash with injury or fatality, a driver receiving an alcohol-related citation, a driver choosing to leave the study, a driver leaving a carrier, or a driver failing a random or post-accident drug/alcohol test;
  • The accuracy of the estimated burdens;
  • Ways for FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collection information;
  • Ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information;
  • Whether the collection efforts proposed for carriers and drivers are burdensome enough to discourage their participation;
  • Whether a comparison of the control group, intrastate driver group, and covered driver group is likely to produce valid conclusion.

Comments may be filed by mail, hand delivery, fax, or on electronically on the Federal Rulemaking Portal, at http://www.regulations.gov, and following the instructions for submitting comments.

For a copy of the FMCSA request for comment Federal Register publication go to:  https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14028.pdf

For a copy of the Federal Register publication of the pilot program go to: 
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-06/pdf/2018-14025.pdf