Citrus growers look at US truck driver shortage

Alix Miller, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association, told attendees of the recent Citrus & Specialty Crop Expo that there is a shortage of about 80,000 truck drivers in the United States.

Miller said there are several efforts underway to get more drivers on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a pilot project running to collect data on allowing 18- to 21-year-old drivers to cross interstate lines. Those young drivers can currently drive intrastate, but they cannot cross state lines. If the data show these drivers can be safe, the administration could ease the regulation.

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