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ARA Submitted Comments to FMCSA Supporting the Proposed Under-21 Driver Program

Nov 09 2020

On Nov. 9, ARA submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in support of the proposed program that would allow drivers ages 18, 19, and 20 to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

"ARA believes this new pilot program is necessary to increase the availability of trained and experienced commercial drivers that can operate in interstate commerce without adversely impacting transportation safety," says ARA Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton in the comments.

ARA would also like to thank all the ARA members who also submitted comments in support of this pilot program as many ag retailers and suppliers are experiencing a growing driver shortage and higher shipping prices due to increased regulatory costs and burdens from Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.

Read ARA's comments to see how this proposed program could improve "just in time" delivery of farm supplies and other essential products and services.