About the DRIVE-Safe Act

The country is facing a massive truck driver shortage that’s increasing the costs of consumer goods and hurting the economy. In 2018, the trucking industry was short roughly 60,800 drivers, which was up nearly 20% from 2017’s figure of 50,700. If current trends hold, the shortage could swell to over 160,000 by 2028. The growing shortage is affecting the transportation and cost of goods for all consumers, as shipping is delayed and current drivers are strained.

On February 26, 2019 bipartisan lawmakers in the Senate and House introduced legislation to address the urgent shortage of truck drivers affecting the movement and cost of our nation’s commerce. The DRIVE-Safe Act modernizes federal law to empower the trucking industry to fill these gaps with a qualified, highly trained emerging workforce.

The DRIVE-Safe Act focuses on one of the primary obstacles to bringing younger drivers into the industry, the requirement that they be at least 21 years old to drive in interstate commerce.  This is despite the fact that virtually all states allow individuals to obtain a commercial driver's license and operate intrastate beginning at age 18. 

The DRIVE-Safe Act creates a two-step apprenticeship process to ensure these individuals are safe and prepared.  Drivers in the foodservice distribution industry earn an average $67,000 and the bill would allow foodservice distribution companies to recruit high school graduates to fill these badly needed positions.  

Formally named the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act, the DRIVE-Safe Act enhances safety and training standards for newly qualified and current drivers. Under the legislation, once a driver qualifies for a commercial driver’s license, they begin a two-step additional training program with rigorous performance benchmarks. Drivers must complete at least 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time in the cab with an experienced driver. Every driver will train on trucks equipped with new safety technology including active braking collision mitigation systems, video event capture, and a speed governor of 65 miles per hour or below. 
 

DRIVE-Safe Media Coverage



Write Your Legislator in Support of the

DRIVE-Safe Act

Send a letter to your Representatives and Senators asking them to support this vital legislation. You can easily send a letter directly from the IFDA website by clicking here. 

DRIVE-Safe Coalition

Nearly 70 trade organizations recently sent a letter to the House and Senate in support of the DRIVE-Safe Act.
 

Resources


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