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Will new training for truck drivers really increase safety?

Over the years, lawmakers continue to implement new traffic rules and regulations in hopes of increasing road safety. Particularly to help reduce tractor-trailer accidents, a new national training standard has been established.

After much review, the plan is in place and active. For new and current truck drivers, this new regulation has a few important requirements to be aware of.

Training

Though it received some pushback, the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration training will require new drivers to receive training and certification from facilities that offer the FMCSA approved entry-level commercial motor vehicle operations training.

This new regulation does not apply to those who are exempt by the current CDL regulations; however, those looking to upgrade their CDL will have to obtain the certification. The training itself is composed of in-class and behind the wheel elements. There are no minimum requirements for either portion of training.

Safety

In general, proper training usually helps to increase efficiency and decrease accidents amongst participants, and that is the hope with this training. However, it depends upon the drivers themselves and their willingness to actually implement the training. Considering that there is a portion of drivers who are exempt from the training leaves a gap for continued error.

Also, the requirements of the trucking companies can play a role in the driver's ability to abide by the training. For instance, some trucking companies routinely give drivers several long hauls that require extensive hours and contribute to drowsy driving. As the industry integrates the training into its systems, it will be important for lawmakers to monitor the progress and make alterations to ensure that the training achieves its true intent.

The new training has the potential to enhance safety. However, only time will tell how effective it truly will be. Either way, all drivers should remain vigilant and conscious of sharing the road with others to protect their safety as well as the safety of others.

 

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