Truckers must now be at least 21 years old to cross state borders, but an apprenticeship program mandated by Congress to help alleviate supply chain shortfalls would allow 18-to-20-year-old truckers to travel beyond their hometowns. The new initiative, which was revealed Thursday in a proposed rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, would examine the adolescents, banning those who had previously been convicted of driving while intoxicated or received traffic citations for causing a collision. Congress mandated the apprenticeship pilot program as part of the infrastructure bill passed into law on Nov. 15. It mandates that the FMCSA, which is part of the Department of Transportation, begin the program within 60 days.
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