Louisiana pushes to lower legal driving age for truckers

Some Louisiana legislators hope to alleviate an ongoing shortage of truck drivers by lowering the legal driving age, reports WAFB.

They plan to take advantage of President Biden’s new DRIVE-Safe Act, which in part would allow 18-year-olds to drive trucks across state lines. Renee Amar, executive director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association, expects Louisiana lawmakers to push for the age reduction during the next legislative season.

The shortage cuts across all industries. Triple G Express of Port Allen, which primarily services the petrochemical industry, is having a particularly difficult time recruiting young drivers. Read the entire story.