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Midwest, USA. — The U.S. unemployment rate is below 4 percent right now. In many states that number is considerably lower. The low unemployment rate is great for the economy but is creating havoc for the Trucking Industry looking for Truck Drivers and jobs requiring a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License).

James Walker trucking industry expert says that low unemployment opens up more job opportunities for those looking for work. Unfortunately, it also detracts from the number of CDL drivers on the road.

“The Baby Boomers out there are all retiring or pushing up daises. Since this industry requires a lot of travel, it prevents a lot of people from wanting to become a truck driver,” said Walker. …

Congress considering lowering the age requirement for truck drivers.

For millennials and generation X a whole new job opportunity is a very real possibility if the proposed legislation passes congress. Current commercial vehicle federal laws mandate that a person must be over the age of 21 to cross state lines. Most states allow truck drivers and commercial vehicle license holders under 21 to drive within the state but crossing state lines by 18 to 20-year-old drivers is prohibited by federal law.

Due to a severe truck driver shortage that is putting many trucking companies in a bind, is Congress is considering a new piece of legislation that could change the legal driving age. The Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act has been introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. This act also known as the DRIVE-Safe Act would allow 18 year old’s that obtain their state CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) drive across state lines in a desperate attempt to curb the nationwide driver shortage. Many truck Drivers are reaching retirement age and are leaving the profession, and companies tell us they are having a tough time replacing the drivers being lost. As an example of the severity of the problem, a spokesman for the state of South Carolina told us locally owned trucking companies are suffering from over a shortage of over 8,200 drivers. …

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