Q1: How does a company participate in the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program?
A1: When FMCSA launches the pilot program, there will be an announcement on the Agency’s website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/Under21Pilot. Interested motor carriers will be required to:
- Complete the application;
- Agree to supply control group drivers in numbers matching the number of covered drivers to be employed;
- Agree to comply with all pilot program procedures and requirements listed in the Federal Register;
- Agree to submit required pilot program data reports monthly;
- Monitor and report safety records of covered and control group members as required by FMCSA; and
- Have and maintain a good safety record in accordance with the prescribed criteria to be both admitted to and remain in the pilot program.
Covered drivers may apply to any approved carrier on the list.
Q2: What are the administrative procedures for a carrier accepted in the pilot program?
A2: The administrative procedures consist of the following:
- Carriers will apply for acceptance to the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program through the FMCSA website.
- FMCSA will review the application against the criteria in the July 2018 Federal Register Notice.
- Employing carriers will screen all covered driver applicants to verify experience and qualifications with the appropriate military personnel as specified in the application process.
- Carriers will provide personnel information for control drivers they have already hired.
- Carriers will provide regular safety data to FMCSA.
- Carriers will notify FMCSA immediately when a driver admitted to the pilot program resigns or is fired, transferred, or moved from the company for any reason.
Q3: How many companies and drivers will be involved?
A3: Although there is no limit to the number of carriers that may apply to participate in the program, FMCSA expects to need 70 motor carriers to hire at least 200 covered drivers. The study will also ask for data for 200 control group drivers and 200 intrastate drivers for statistically valid data.
Q4: What are the responsibilities of the control group drivers?
A4: Participating carriers accepted in to the pilot program will be asked to provide drivers to serve in the control group at the same number of drivers as in the pilot. Carriers must notify control drivers that they are being monitored during the pilot. Control drivers must:
- Possess a valid CDL;
- Be 21 to 24 year of age at time of acceptance in the pilot program;
- Have no disqualifications, suspensions, or license revocations within past 3 years; nor be under any out-of-service order; and
- Sign release forms indicating they understand that FMCSA will be collecting data on their driving history as a part of the study.