Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Also Funds Safety, Research and Enables Younger Truck Drivers

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also includes $11 billion for transportation safety (more than double the previous level) and contains various provisions affecting trucking.

One such provision makes 18–21-year-olds newly eligible for interstate truck driving and creates a training and apprenticeship program for this age group.

Other trucking-related provisions include automatic emergency braking performance requirements, underride/side protection, truck broker/truck dispatcher guidance, and an exemption for livestock haulers from hours-of-service requirements.

Regarding research, the newly enacted funding legislation authorizes a truck-crash study and a review of data generated by electronic logging devices.

The law also establishes several new government bodies (task force, advisory board, and subcommittee) dedicated to addressing issues of truck leasing, women in trucking, and the needs of small-business truckers.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is tasked with restoring and maintaining the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and establishing a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) pilot program.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nov. 18, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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