Factors influencing occupational truck driver safety in ageing society

In aging societies, the effective employment of ageing occupational drivers is one of the most important managerial concerns to be addressed to compensate for the lack of younger workers. In this study, the key factors contributing to the safety outcome in trucking transportation were identified using empirical data, including driving accident information, individual attributes, and task-related attributes. For this purpose, 306 driver records from 26 trucking companies in Japan were analyzed. The driver sample was dichotomized by age into elderly drivers (age ≥ 50 years, referred to as older; N = 131) and young drivers (age < 50 years, referred to as younger; N = 175). Based on the analysis results, no significant age difference was identified in the likelihood of involvement in accidents for truck drivers. While older drivers who have penalty point records were more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, they were less affected by hard work conditions compared with young drivers. In conclusion, elderly drivers can be effectively employed as occupational drivers. They do not necessarily have a higher risk of accidents than young drivers. In addition, employment policies are proposed from a safety viewpoint, particularly for elderly truck drivers.


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  • Accession Number: 01762086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 3:09PM