Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-9) will Monday join representatives from Jeffersonville-based Mister "P" Express Inc. and others to discuss the truck driver shortage facing Indiana and the United States. Hollingsworth will detail the proposed DRIVE-Safe Act, which supporters say will train the next generation of drivers to meet industry needs.
Representatives from One Southern Indiana, Greater Louisville Inc. and the Indiana Motor Truck Association will also take part in Monday’s event.
Hollingsworth introduced the bill alongside California Republican Duncan Hunter. They say the goal is to promote opportunity and enhanced safety standards in the industry.
The nationwide truck driver shortage, they say, has especially affected the foodservice distribution industry. They say drivers moving those loads are often weighed down by additional restrictions on interstate deliveries. American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear says the legislation would "open enormous opportunities for the 18-21 year-old population."