While there are still drivers on the roads who have been part of the industry for decades, the majority of truckers out there today are significantly greener than they were 10 years ago. With the driver turnover rate still above 100%, it’s no wonder that inexperienced drivers are the norm. With so many on the road, the FMCSA has begun to look at ways to ensure that the quality of these new drivers is high enough to keep our roads safe.
The FMCSA has just announced that they will have a “public listening session” in January where they hope to get some ideas for addressing the issue of Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT). The agency says they’re looking for input on “factors, issues and data it should consider in anticipation of a rulemaking to implement the [ELDT] provisions.”
This listening session will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST on January 7th at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. In case you’re worried about not being able to attend in person, don’t worry, the discussion will be broadcast live over the internet. There is no word yet on how exactly the FMCSA will go about listening to ideas, in fact the name “public listening session” seems to imply that it will be more of a speech than a conversation.
Regardless of how drivers get heard, it is certain that drivers need to be heard. There are no limitations placed on who can drive a truck other than the CDL exam and DOT physical, and in some cases drivers without CDLs are getting a slap on the wrist and allowed to continue operating. Trucking is a dangerous career, not just to those who choose it, but also for everyone we share the road with. The barrier of entry needs to be high enough to keep out those who are making it more dangerous for us all.
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