July 9, 2018
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:
FMCSA is asking interested parties to comment on any aspect of the information collection, including:
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: