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ATA Officially Backs "Teen Trucker Bill"

by Jana Ritter - Published: 7/22/2015

On July 10th, Congress initially proposed a bill that would reduce the age requirement for interstate CDLs from 21 to 18, and many truck drivers voiced their opposition to the idea. Some feel its just another ploy to avoid paying experienced drivers higher wages, others call it down right dangerous. Well, apparently the ATA think it’s a grand idea because this week they made a public declaration in full support of the bill.

                                                           ATA Bill Graves

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On Tuesday, the ATA called on Congress to support legislation that would lead to a graduated licensing program for commercial drivers. ATA president and CEO, Bill Graves, said that the ATA supports R. Sen. Fischer’s legislation to take steps towards modifying licensing laws by allowing states to permit limited interstate travel by 18- to 21-year-olds. “We applaud Sen. Fischer for introducing legislation that could bring us closer to a graduated licensing program for commercial drivers hauling freight across state lines. Right now, an 18-year-old can drive a truck within the borders of his state, but not to deliver goods across state lines. This means a young adult could drive a truck from El Paso, Texas, to Dallas – a distance of more than 600 miles – but couldn’t cross the street to deliver that same load from Texarkana, Texas, to Texarkana, Arkansas. This is something we can easily correct and, at the same time, move toward a graduated CDL system,” said Graves.

ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki also explained that this would be a big step toward a graduated licensing program for commercial drivers, which would ultimately produce safer drivers for the industry as well. “Graduated licensing is a proven and effective for reducing the risk of young drivers of passenger vehicles – millions of drivers have gotten their licenses this way – and it has been a top policy priority for many organizations, including some that are attacking Fischer’s proposal now,” Osiecki said. “Research has conclusively shown the benefits of graduated licensing for young drivers. Some groups’ resistance to this commonsense commercial licensing proposal is as illogical as the current rules limiting interstate driving by young adults,” he added.

                                                      younger truck drivers         

According to Graves, another major benefit of Fischer’s proposal is that it will allow states to impose their own safeguards to ensure young drivers learn appropriate behaviors on the road. “This is the way we should be training, not just new truck drivers, but individuals in all fields. States participating in the compacts this bill envisions could limit the types of cargo these drivers could haul, require extra technologies or restrict these trips to certain routes or times,” Graves suggested.

“At a time when the unemployment rate for young adults is nearly triple the national average – and our industry is looking to replace millions of soon-to-be retiring drivers as part of an aging workforce, this bill could be a tremendous boon not just to the trucking industry, but to the economy and to thousands of unemployed young people who might just find their next career,” said Graves.


Ron Scott
Ron Scott
Young kids coming out of driving schools with no idea how to drive? Great. I don't understand why truck schools don't have to train with empty and loaded trailers so the guys at least know what pulling, turning and stopping with a load feels like.
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
good point!
Amy L. Devine
Amy L. Devine
I did at trucker college we had old fire engine truck on stepdeck in 1999. Now I just been offered job there being an instructor. Hhhmmmmm
Stephen Massat
Stephen Massat
Christopher Roberts an 18 yr old can drive a tt down chicago now. The rediculous rules now will let an 18 yr old drive all over in a city as long as they don't cross Statelines. So you think it's OK to put that teen in downtown city traffic but not let him out on the open road? I started with my class d chauffer license when I was 16 ( yes that's right 16) and drove a 48 footer in downtown Chicago all day in the summer and 3-11pm while still in high school but I couldn't go over state lines.how rediculous. Got a ticket in Paducah ky scale for being too young to drive .after checking log books he turned over the truck to my dad to drive. Couple hours later we switched and he went in sleeper.
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
good point, especially speaking from actual experience
Christopher Roberts
Christopher Roberts
Good point but back when you started it was much different I'll almost bet. You had to work your way up to the big time right well I has to work up to where I'm at now as well I didn't go to school for it. I see this as a slap in the face to the guys who busted there asses and work up. This is like a free ticket. If that makes sense to you.
Stephen Massat
Stephen Massat
I don't see it as a free ticket,but I think the biggest problem is the quality of training, not the age of the student.these "schools" churn out people in very short periods of time and let them loose knowing that a majority of them will not make it. The whole thing is numbers, they know that x amount of students will not survive and because most of these big fleets are self insured they calculate the % of new drivers that make it against their out of pocket cost.
Christopher Roberts
Christopher Roberts
That is a valid point I will agree with you on that. I just state my opinion which we are all entitled to have.
Stephen Massat
Stephen Massat
I agree everybody has an opinion I just wanted you to see the other side of the issue.
Eddie Baumgardner
Eddie Baumgardner
The schools nowadays teaches you how to pass the driving test. Learning to drive ain't what the teach
Stephen Massat
Stephen Massat
Exactly Eddie Baumgardner
Samuel Lee
Samuel Lee
A T A Ass hole Trucking Administration
William Seifert
William Seifert
HAHAHA......yep.....
Trucking Unlimited
Trucking Unlimited
>:o
Jw Barnett
Jw Barnett
Lmao @TU
Tyson Cummings
Tyson Cummings
Very bad idea! Most kids don't even get their license until they're about 17. So they think by giving someone that barely learned to drive a 4 wheeler about a yr ago a cdl to drive an 18 wheeler weighting up to 40 tons and 73ft long? Hell I've seen seasoned truck drivers that can hardly drive a truck. SMH idiots
Gene Tash Jr
Gene Tash Jr
I had my cdl when I was 16... I didn't have any wrecks...
Tyson Cummings
Tyson Cummings
You are an exception to then.... but statistically there are goin to be an increase of rig accidents and fatalities if this goes through. It all comes down to lack of driving experience
Kirk Righetti
Kirk Righetti
maybe if you stop suffocating the industry you will get quality truckers in trucks again. Lowering the age will only cause more accidents on the road.
Robert Ward
Robert Ward
Before say it is not possible, I have been doing interstate since I was 19. You would be surprised what we could get away with. If trained well let them youngsters roll. Maybe a full year apprenticeship is the answer.
Jason Vanderwarf
Jason Vanderwarf
They are trying to fill driver positions with cheap labor . Cheap labor means higher insurances, efectively shutting down more O/OP . The experienced drivers will make less cause these companies will give these loads to cheaper drivers to pay for all this .
Christopher Roberts
Christopher Roberts
I've been around trucks my entire life. I started driving at 18 and yeah I wanted to go out of state so bad I thought I was invincible. I thought it was stupid I couldn't. Now that I've been out here and seen first hand I thank God I couldn't leave because in no way shape or form was I remotely ready to drive a semi in dallas, or Chicago, and so on at 18, 19 or even 20.
Juan Campos
Juan Campos
Oooo no bad news 4 my truck I've been hit 4 times now by rookies wtf is wrong with this people bunch o moron's
Ken Boeck
Ken Boeck
Were you a rookie once?
Juan Campos
Juan Campos
I started driving at 18 pulling small trailers by the time I got into Trucking I knew how to back up
Juan Campos
Juan Campos
And as a rookie never did I hit an other truck backing up. And so far my driving record is spotless
Jeremy Groce
Jeremy Groce
More proof that the Ata is bad for the trucking industry
Kate Campbell
Kate Campbell
We really will have to look out for swift drivers. Who else will hire them.
Dan Ashby
Dan Ashby
They have to start sometime? Drivers now days don't want to help out like the ole timers did? A lot of know it alls out there, makes it tough for beginning drivers.
Ben Moseley
Ben Moseley
Again, a group that claims to speak for us going against our wishes.. I think OOIDA should go after trucking companies that are ATA members.
Dan Smith
Dan Smith
They can't drive a car with sense. And you idiots want to put them in a large car. Glad I'm a retired truck driver. 34 years. Was enough.
Woody McDaniel
Woody McDaniel
BAD BAD BAD IDEA
Chad Gabeline
Chad Gabeline
I think it should be waaaaay tougher to get a cdl. Mandate age to 23. Bring back the pride,the drive the want to succeed to being a professional truck driver
Gerad Hudson
Gerad Hudson
Not a good idea to young
Ryan Cianchini
Ryan Cianchini
You can drive at 18 now anyway "intrastate " only gotta be 21 to cross statelines
Mark Wiszowaty
Mark Wiszowaty
Oh boy the roads are gonna be fun. Younger drivers, possibly more problems. Answer ; more regulations. Problem solved??
Joe Francisco
Joe Francisco
The ATA is for any government regulations. They are a useless bunch of asshats.
Margot Mendez Harvey
Margot Mendez Harvey
Their way to recruit new drivers, due to driver shortage and keep pay low!! BS.
Cliff Norris
Cliff Norris
Sounds like population control.
Chad Gabeline
Chad Gabeline
Just a way to enforce new laws once the teens mess up. Look out you think our regulations are stiff now. If this gets passed we haven't seen nothing yet
Ryan Cianchini
Ryan Cianchini
But I honestly think they should raise the age most kids can't even drive a damn car! This industry is going to shit and these fucking fantasyland morons are just making it worse
Randy Stephens
Randy Stephens
Juan Campos.... I would look into different tours! Lol
Ken Boeck
Ken Boeck
Or park better
Rick Mitchell
Rick Mitchell
Another really bad idea for a group trying to make more money
Marcus Arredondo
Marcus Arredondo
Stupid!!!
Jayson Cline
Jayson Cline
It's bad enough out here as it is. Thats all we need. BAD idea!
Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher
Hell No! !!!!
Richard Schoonover
Richard Schoonover
Old enough to defend this country, ols enough for a CDL
Steve Denty
Steve Denty
Hell my 18yr old daughter scares the shit out of me in a 4wheeler can't imagine her in a 18wheeler maybe in a couple yrs but not now bad idea
Eric Nissen
Eric Nissen
If the ATA backs it, I'm officially against it!
William Seifert
William Seifert
It shoild have been titled: ATA bends over to JB SWIFT MVERICK CRST WESTERN EXPRESS TMC CELADON who cant keep drivers cause they treat. em like SHIT.....
Samuel Leffel
Samuel Leffel
I'm 19 have one year exp legally
Steven Willard
Steven Willard
Gonna be more wrecks and deaths on our highways.
PJ Heinz
PJ Heinz
They keep making more "rules" to compensate for inexperience and the sometimes fatal mistakes that accompany them. The end result is no improvement in overall safety and an absolute miserable work environment for senior drivers.
PJ Heinz
PJ Heinz
By the time I was 18 I had four years of "some" trucking experience. I worked on several job sites driving tandem dumps etc and started on the road at 16. I may have felt at the time that I was capable of interstate commerce but things are very different now. That was 30 years ago. I don't like the idea of someone who only has an automobile license for one year, being whisked through truck driving school in two weeks, and being turned loose throughout the country without a good grasp on what they're doing. I hope I don't sound too stuffy...but some of the driving I see out here is downright scary. This is not a good way to entice young drivers into the industry.
Nathan Hampton
Nathan Hampton
The problem has nothing to do with age. It has to do that these schools are for a lack of better terms a puppy mill. Get your cdl in as little as 3 weeks smh. They need to train these people to drive trucks throw out the double clutch bs teach them to back. All schools do now is get you a cdl nothing about driving one of these babies. should be 6 months to a year of school before you can have a cdl. No one with less than 2 years experience should be allowed to train they are having trainees train. Throw the teaming out the window when you are training and make some one sit in the front seat to teach them to drive.
Keith Gammon
Keith Gammon
Those lawyers hope they pass it
Marcus Arredondo
Marcus Arredondo
Stupid
George Latourell
George Latourell
I understand everybody has to start somewhere, however, what I have observed lately is some of the twenty something's currently getting on the highways don't appear to have learned much about humility, they know everything about trucking, and those of us that have been doing it for the last 20 to 30 years have been doing it all wrong, like stopping for stop signs, following distances shit like that. Oh well good luck everyone.
William Seifert
William Seifert
Our industry doesnt train adults.....The ATA is nothing but a joke.
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
Wow!! The ATA is freakin dumb!! Watch your hoods everybody, insurance premiums for O/Os is about to climb!!
Owen Harmon
Owen Harmon
This has got to be the most insane thing that any one has ever come up with. An 18 year old can't even drive a car safely. Ata is so stupid are they going to be the bearers of bad news to the survivors families? ??
Tony Kosar
Tony Kosar
Nay.
Ronald Shanks
Ronald Shanks
Ata sucks