Trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles are a crucial part of the economy and daily life in New York and across the United States. To maintain efficiency and run a vibrant and effective society, they are a necessity. Naturally, that involves having drivers to operate them. Because there has been a dramatic shortfall in qualified drivers and the supply chain has been damaged amid the societal challenges and increased need for deliveries over the past two years, changes are pending for licensure. This could be problematic for safety and those sharing the road should be prepared for it.
Teens may soon drive trucks across state lines
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has moved forward with a pilot program for drivers 18 to 20 to drive interstate in large trucks. While most states across the nation allow drivers in this age range to operate a truck within their state, the plan for interstate driving is new. Prior to this, drivers were required to be 21 to drive interstate. This will be based on an apprenticeship program to ensure the prospective drivers are trained, have clean records and behave in a safe and conscientious manner.
It has not passed its final hurdle of approval by the Office of Management and Budget. Several safety and regulatory entities have expressed concerns, but the FMCSA and other government supporters of the program are confident that it has sufficient safety nets to find drivers who will behave appropriately. In New York, there is also a plan to help with the supply chain and find more school bus drivers. If it is put in effect, the testing procedures for these licenses could be administered by third parties. This is expected to expand the number of drivers who could be licensed and ready to work.
After an auto accident, the other driver’s credentials should be scrutinized
Regulatory agencies and legislators sometimes need to walk a thin line regarding what is required for safety and what is needed for business. While there are assurances of vigilance for who is given commercial licenses at younger ages or through third parties, there is no denying the risks for recklessness and violations. Trusting outside agencies to test potential school bus drivers could place children in jeopardy if an inexperienced or unqualified driver is allowed on the road. Since incidents can cause severe auto accident injuries with physical, emotional, financial and personal ramifications, those who are hurt or lost a loved one should know the circumstances of how the driver ended up on the road. For help in investigating a case and moving forward, it is imperative to have guidance.