According to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC),
younger drivers would increase road risks for all road users. International road
transport associations have been pressing the European Commission to lower the
recommended minimum age of professional drivers in all sectors to 18. It is because
they want training to begin at the age of 17.
In the brief, it is argued that although heavy vehicle collisions are fewer in number,
they are more deadly because of their size and weight.
A study published by the ETSC PIN in 2020 on the safety of goods vehicles in the
European Union found that heavy goods vehicles were much more likely to cause
the death of other road users per billion kilometers traveled than non-road vehicles
In the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age to drive heavy cargo
within state limits. Drivers must also be at least 21 years of age to drive cargo in
interstate commerce or hazardous materials.