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Bill would allow drivers under 21 to become interstate truck drivers

The United States is suffering from a truck driver shortage. The American Trucking Association says the shortage is driving up the cost of almost everything you buy – food, furniture, cars, and more.

The ATA says the industry needs to hire 90,000 drivers every year for the next 10 years to catch up with demand.

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) is introducing a bill aimed at addressing the problem.

The bill would allow 18 to 20-year-olds to drive across state lines after meeting certain safety standards.

Currently, a federal rule bans drivers younger than 21 from transporting goods outside the state in which they're licensed.

The bill Hollingsworth is behind would lower that age to 18.

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(This story was originally published May 21, 2018)

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