It’s estimated that the trucking industry will be short 150,000 drivers by 2024. Experts are asking for a change now in order to combat the shortage. Trucking companies already offer higher pay per mile, sign-on bonuses, and health or retirement benefits to attract more drivers. Now, they’re looking to hire from a younger pool of applicants.
On Monday, the Colorado State House passed a bill that would lower the age requirements for truck drivers from 21 to 18. Current state law allows 18 year old CDL holders to drive within state lines only. Interstate drivers must be at least 21 years old. This bill would allow anyone 18 and older with a CDL to drive across state lines on longer routes.
Fox21News Right Now talked with Mark Haefner, Director of Training for the USTDS Colorado Springs campus about this new bill, and the option for 18 year olds to drive these long haul routes. While he has his concerns, he thinks it would be great for these younger drivers to partner with a trucking veteran as continued learning.
With this bill, we could start seeing a younger generation of drivers enrolling for CDL training at United States Truck Driving School. USTDS provides Class A CDL Training programs at two Colorado locations. Along with training, students can use financial aid and have job placement assistance once they complete the course.
We hope to see more young adults enter into the trucking industry. If you’re ready to get started with your CDL training, contact United States Truck Driving School and get on the road towards a successful career!