It is noted that qualified truck drivers at the wheel are one of the most important factors in highway safety, and that low pay, longer working hours, and strict traffic laws are contributing to a high turnover among truck drivers. Driving schools and trucking companies are gearing efforts to recruit new drivers. New drivers lack experience, and young drivers have 5 times the risk of fatal accident involvement. Just-in-time shipping practices have also added to the problem. An encouraging development is the creation of the commercial driver's license (CDL). A truck driver will have to pass a written test to drive a truck weighing more than 26,000 pounds. CDLs will be part of the new Commercial Driver's License Information System which wil record infractions. There also appears to be a trend toward certifying truck-driving schools and formal training of new drivers.

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  • Pagination: p. 14-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00497544
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM