America is facing a nationwide shortage of truck drivers. Reports estimate 890,000 new drivers will be needed over the next decade to replace an aging, retiring workforce.
Currently, commercial drivers are stymied by antiquated laws that prevent drivers under the age of 21 from moving goods between states. Fortunately, the DRIVE-Safe Act, a bipartisan bill introduced in the House and Senate addresses this obstacle while at the same time implementing training programs above and beyond current requirements. The bill creates a pathway for 18-21-year-olds to receive CDLs for interstate travel if they complete rigorous training.
– Meghan Cieslak, Director, Marketing & Communications, International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)