Federal regulations currently set a minimum age of 21 for commercial interstate truck drivers. Congress is proposing lowering that to 18. Opponents say drivers between 18 and 20 have higher accident rates than other age groups. Supporters say the change is needed because of a shortage of truck drivers.
Should the minimum age for commercial truck drivers be lowered to 18?
Yes, make the minimum age 18
No, keep the minimum age at 21
Currently, the trailers on semi-trucks are limited to 28 feet in length. Congress is considering increasing that to 33 feet. Opponents say that would make a truck pulling a double trailer 84 feet long. They say it would create a safety risk, including increasing stopping distances and putting too much weight on bridges and roads. Supporters say the extra space would eliminate six million trips and over a billion miles driven, and reduce carbon emissions by four billion pounds annually.
Should truck trailers be extended from 28 feet to 33 feet?
Yes, make the truck trailers longer
No, don’t make the trailers longer