Trucking industry eyes young truckers to help with driver shortage, but federal rule stands in the way

Trucking industry eyes young truckers to help with driver shortage, but federal rule stands in the way


Every day, truckers across the country are transporting different goods where they need to go.

For Wyatt Kinard, it is sod.

“I love it,” Kinard said. “Just something about hauling sod or agriculture materials that I just enjoy. It’s easy. I can do my own thing. Nobody bothers me.”

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Kinard, 20, is a trained and licensed truck driver in South Carolina, but because he is not yet 21 years old, he is not able to drive even a mile over the state line.

“I could probably make a significant amount more [money] … if I was able to haul out of state,” Kinard said.

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Nearly every state allows drivers under 21 years old to operate a large commercial truck within their state, according to the American Trucking Associations, but the federal government only allows truckers older than 21 years old

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