Transportation

Transportation

Truckers need younger drivers
Alaska’s truckers are working to ease a federal rule that inhibits the industry’s ability to hire younger drivers, age 18 to 21. The rule applies to freight in interstate commerce and even if the mode of transport to Alaska is by water or air, if the “last mile” of delivery is by truck, which is most often the case, drivers must be 21 or older under the rule. Trucking companies, which are being hit hard by shortages of drivers, want to recruit young drivers and get them into entry-level jobs making local deliveries. Recruiting right out of high school is crucial because if companies have to wait until people reach 21 they are usually lost to other industries. Once they have experience, drivers in Alaska make over $100,000 per year.

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