New York State is lowering the age to qualify for a CDL Class A license to 18. Currently, 18-to-20-year-olds are able to obtain a Class B CDL license to drive in New York State, but a new law signed by Governor Kathy Hochul will allow them to drive large tractor-trailers. New York is the last state to lower the CDL A license age to 18.
This news comes as the country is experiencing a shortage of truck drivers, contributing to supply chain issues.
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo co-sponsored the bill and says it could help fill positions left by an aging workforce as well as retain the population in the state.
If you can’t capture somebody at the 18-to-20-year-old age range, they may very well go off in a different career. This is a great opportunity to keep people in state and also to get them into a potential career that might be a good fit for them,” says Lupardo.
The legislation will form a Young Adult Commercial Driver’s License Class A program, to provide training and supervision for the younger age group entering the industry.