Push to Let Teens Drive Trucks Interstate Divides the Industry

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by autopaint, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. Mototom

    Mototom Road Train Member

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    I don't think 18 year olds should be sent off to die in another country anyway.
    21 at the minimum. Kids get the idea of glory and fighting for freedom in their head before they've even had enough experience to really understand the world man.
     
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  3. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Yes that is pretty much the detail here companies just can't seem to keep drivers, which can come across as a driver shortage but really is not.which is why I mentioned in a previous post if there was indeed a driver shortage the Dept of Labour would be endorsing companies to apply for H2B temporary work visas to bridge the short fall, which is not the case however do still allow companies to petition for foreign workers on the H2A visa for the Grain harvest.
     
  4. mtoo

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    I think it would be cool if a teen could train with a related party {dad uncle}. Then they could decide at an early age if the life style was for them
     
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  5. kemosabi49

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  6. sealevel

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    The problem isn't letting 18 year olds drive, it's who gets to train them. The industry loses alot of good hands in the 18-23 range to other occupations. If it's done correctly through true non partisan vocational training with higher standards than what's now required I think it would be great. The industry needs better training in the first place.
    Problem is this won't happen. They are trying to create a program do to a nonexistent driver shortage and will just pave the way for Megas to have a feeding frenzy on high school kids.
    Bottom line is if it is done correctly it would be great for kids who want to drive and a pathway to get started in a career, but we all know it will be done wrong and the results will be disastrous resulting in even more regulations.
     
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  7. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Road Train Member

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    Well let's see, we let senile old farts run the country, we have C student psychopaths enforcing the laws, we have bathrooms for those who can't figure out what's between their legs, we have a truck parking problem buy yet states close rest areas, if an 18 year old can drive commercially intrastate I see no problem with them crossing an imaginary line.
     
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  8. Jeffery Epstein

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    old enough to get drafted, then you are old enough to drive, buy a pistol, tobacco, alcohol, etc
     
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  9. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Even if this bill passes, I doubt you will see many 18 and 19 year olds driving CMVs OTR. The insurance companies either won't allow it or they'll make it so expensive that carriers will deem it cost prohibitive.
     
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  10. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

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    Many of the megas are self insured.
     
  11. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    But many shippers and consignees are not.
     
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