Hochul signs law on commercial driver’s license for young adults

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Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, announced Friday that a bill establishing a commercial driver’s license (CDL) Class ‘A’ Young Adult Training Program has been signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul.

The legislation (S5486/A6295) was co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Buttenschon and amends the state’s existing vehicle and traffic law, and transportation law, which prohibited drivers under the age of 21 from obtaining a Class ‘A’ CDL license in New York State.

“There are more than 38,000 trucking companies across the State of New York, and like many other industries, they are finding it harder and harder to recruit new commercial drivers. It’s estimated there is an existing shortage of tens of thousands of truck drivers across the country,” Buttenschon said. “Almost every item we purchase is delivered by truck to our local store shelves and to our front porches. This program will allow companies across the state to attract and train new drivers to alleviate potential future shortages in such an important industry.”

The new law establishes the CDL Class ‘A’ Young Adult Training Program for qualified 18, 19 and 20-year-olds. Among the requirements for these young adults to obtain a Class ‘A’ CDL is no less than 300 hours of behind-the-wheel training under the immediate supervision of an experienced truck driver.

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