The Federal Highway Safety Administration (FHSA) is seeking comments regarding the need for a graduated commercial driver’s license.

FHSA describes graduated driver’s licensing as a method designed to ease beginning drivers into the traffic environment under controlled exposure to progressively more difficult driving experiences.

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to review adequacy of the current CDL testing process and assess the merits of a graduated licensing program. FMCSA said that focus groups showed support of a graduated CDL, but were at odds over whether to allow drivers between 18 and 21 eligibility.