FMCSA establishes apprenticeship pilot program for under-21 truck drivers

January 17, 2022

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in a Federal Register notice published Jan. 14, officially announced the establishment of its Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program that will allow 18-20-year-old CDL holders to cross state lines after extensive training.

The program has been in the works since September 2020, when FMCSA first published a request for comments regarding the program. The Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law last November, requires the agency to establish the program, which will allow trucking companies to establish apprenticeship programs for under-21 truck drivers.