Young Drivers Could Be Future of Car Shipping
The U.S. Senate is renewing the debate to allow under-21 year olds the ability to drive across state lines, which could drastically alter the future of car shipping.
The senate bill in question
Right now, the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act (also known as the DRIVE-Safe Act) is getting talked about in the Senate. The bill would “direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop and regulate an apprenticeship program for under-21 drivers.”
The bill calls for two different probationary periods. The first would require 120 hours of training with at least 80 hours of drive time under supervision of an experienced driver. The second would require 280 hour probationary period with 160 hours of drive time. The second probationary period would also require young drivers to show proficiency in backing, maneuvering, trip planning, fueling procedures, and more.
Right now, under-21 drivers can operate within state lines, but not across state lines.
How this bill might affect the future of car shipping
Interstate freight haulers are experiencing a massive driver shortage that’s being felt even in the auto transport industry. Increasing the pool of available carriers could go a long way to getting more trucks on the road. This could ease dispatch woes, lower prices, and also make your shipment faster from start to finish.
For instance, more drivers in more fleets could mean more trucks on the road. They would have to invest in new trucks, of course, but with more drivers to drive them it could be a safer investment than it is right now. More trucks on the road would mean easier and faster dispatch times, especially on popular routes.
But those young drivers, over time, would grow into older, experienced drivers. And some of them would likely become owner-operators in the future, which would further increase the number of trucks on the road. This could lead to a cascade effect that could seriously alter the landscape of the vehicle shipping industry.
Potential downsides to this bill
Having younger drivers on the road could lead to more safety violations until they’re certified. Younger drivers are also an investment that some carrier companies may not want or be able to afford to make. For a time we likely won’t see any tangible results if this bill passes and makes it into law.
But other than that, hiring under-21 drivers to fill out fleets and requiring them to undergo rigorous training can only be good for the industry. More drivers means more trucks and more trucks means more opportunities to get freight shipped. More trucks also means potentially more competition along routes. This could result in lower prices for shippers.
For now, we’re in a watch-and-wait holding pattern. We’ll bring you more on this story as it develops.
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