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Military Under 21 CMV Driver Pilot Program (FAST Act, Section 5404)

Goal:

To establish a pilot program to study the feasibility, benefits, and safety impacts of allowing a “covered driver” to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.

Background:

Section 5404 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pilot program to study the feasibility, benefits, and safety impacts of allowing a “covered driver” to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. For the purposes of this pilot program, a “covered driver” is between the ages of 18 and 21, is a member or former member of the armed forces, and is qualified in a military occupational specialty to operate a CMV or a similar vehicle.

Summary:

The pilot program will be conducted, monitored, and evaluated in consultation with a working group consisting of representatives of the armed forces, industry, drivers, safety advocacy organizations, and State licensing and enforcement officials. The working group shall review the data collected and provide recommendations to the Secretary on the feasibility, benefits, and safety impacts of allowing a covered driver to operate a CMV in interstate commerce. Not later than 1 year after the date on which the pilot program is concluded, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report describing the findings of the pilot program and the recommendations of the working group.

Outcomes:

Establishment of a Commercial Driver Pilot Program; working group report containing findings and recommendations.
 

Milestones:

Completed:

September 2016: Kick-off meeting
November 2016: Complete literature review
May 2017:  Peer review
July 2018: Publish 60-Day notice of proposed information collection 
January 2019: Begin data collection
June 2020: Interim Report to Congress
January 2022: End data collection
January 2023: Final Report to Congress

Funding:

FY16 Funding: $249,031
FY17 Funding: $95,000

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Nicole Michel of the Research Division at (202) 366-4354 or nicole.michel@dot.gov.

Contractor:

MaineWay Services
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018
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