NEW YORK (WWTI) – People under the age of 21 can now work to obtain a Class A commercial driver’s license.
New York State has passed Senate Bill S5486A, which will officially establish a Class A young adult training program for commercial driver’s license in the state.
Before the new legislation was enacted, people in New York City were not eligible to apply for a Class A CDL until the age of 21. This group was previously licensed to obtain a Class B CDL to drive within state limits.
New York is now the 50th state to allow people under the age of 21 to obtain a Class A CDL to operate within state borders.
According to the legislation, the new training will be similar to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s entry-level driver training requirements. Students will also need to complete a minimum of 300 hours of âdrivingâ training under the supervision of an experienced driver.
Similar legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Ritchie in 2017 with the goal of establishing a CDL Class A Young Adult Licensing Pilot Program. She commented on the signing of Law S.5486-A.
âTruck drivers are the backbone of our state and national economies. Unfortunately, in recent years, I have heard from many local businesses who have felt the impact of the truck driver shortage, âSenator Ritchie said in a press release. âI’m glad the legislation to accomplish this has been enacted and look forward to seeing how it relieves the trucking industry, small businesses and our global supply chain. “
The New York State Department of Transportation will now work to establish the CDL Class A Young Adult Training Program. This should be available next year.