Reports state that as of 2017, there will be more than 250,000 unoccupied
truck driver positions. Of course, many trucking companies fear they may
be unable to deliver or receive products in an efficient matter due to
the lack of employees.
As a result, trucking companies as well as Congress have pursued efforts
to have the legal interstate truck driving age lowered from 21 to 18 years
old. Undoubtedly, many fear that if this law passes, there will be an
increased likelihood of fatal truck accidents.
Presently, 48 of the 50 states allow 18-year-oldsto drive these large and
heavy trucks. However, they must stay in the state boundaries.
Due to this current situation, representatives of the American Trucking
Association feel that these 18-year-old individuals should be permitted
to drive nationally. Many of these persons believe the lowering the legal
age of interstate commercial truckers can fix the growing problem of unoccupied
Conversely, others believe that lowering the interstate truck driving age
will significantly affect the safety of those who share the road with
these large, 80,000-pound vehicles. Many believe that these young drivers
will not possess the adequate experience to make appropriate decisions
under severe weather, road, or traffic conditions, which can lead to detrimental
injuries, and in the worst cases, death.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that the young drivers’
lack of experience will greatly outweigh any kind of training they be
required to undergo.
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