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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:

December 2015: Fast Act signed into law
March 2016: Project development began
August 2016: Publish notice of proposed pilot program
August 2016: Phase I contract awarded
April 2017: Draft study design developed
May 2017:  Initial peer review of study design completed
August 2017: Phase I completed
September 2017: Phase II contract awarded
May 2018: Information collection request documentation completed
June 2018: Phase II completed
July 2018: Publish 60-day notice of proposed information collection
November 2018: Publish 30-day notice of proposed information collection
April 2019: OMB approval of information collection request
May 2019: Phase III contract awarded
September 2019: Begin data collection
March 2020: Interim Report on findings drafted
September 2021: Interim report on findings sent to Congress
March 2022: Final report drafted
September 2023: Final report sent to Congress

Funding:

FY16 Funding: $249,031
FY17 Funding: $93,000

Project Manager:

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

Contractor:

Phase I: MaineWay Services
Phase II: MaineWay Services
Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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