While trucking companies face an impending driver shortage and are seeking new ways top entice workers to the industry, these brand-new drivers aren’t getting the training they need, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has found.
According to the group’s executive vice president, Todd Spencer, regulators need to focus on rules regarding real-life training for truckers instead of burdensome regulations. These actions would likely do more for public safety than the hours-of-service rules, the group said.
“Despite orders from Congress in 1991, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has still not made training new drivers a priority,” Spencer said.
“Truckers are not causing the majority of highway crashes, but are unfairly blamed,” he continued. “Most are doing their best to drive safely as hard-working individuals and should be recognized for the sacrifices they make and the contribution they make to the economy.”