About the bill
You can usually get a driver’s license at 16, but can’t become a truck driver professionally until 21. The DRIVE-Safe Act would allow that.
Each state sets it own laws for when someone can attain a driver’s license, ranging from as low as 14 years 3 months in South Dakota to 17 years in New Jersey. In the vast majority of states, the age is 16.
There is, however, a federal law against becoming an interstate truck driver professionally until age 21. (One can still become a professional truck driver younger than that, if driving solely within your home state — although that’s a small minority of such jobs.)
This is more important than ever right now, as America has a 51,000 truck driver shortage, up from …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for California's 50th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2018
Length: 7 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced on March 21, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
74 Cosponsors (69 Republicans, 5 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“Amid Shortage of Truck Drivers, Faso Embraces DRIVE-Safe Act”
— Rep. John Faso [R-NY19, 2017-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 13, 2018
Mar 21, 2018
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H.R. 5358 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5358. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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DRIVE-Safe Act, H.R. 5358, 115th Cong. (2018).
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