Individuals with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) need to follow strict driving regulations. Receiving a CDL means that the driver has the skills, health, physical ability, and safety knowledge to haul massive loads under high pressure and stress. Failing to maintain this high standard should result in the suspension or revocation of the CDL.
Commercial truck drivers receive extensive classroom instruction and on-the-road training before earning their CDL. Passing written and driving examinations gives a truck driver the minimum requirements for operating a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicles. Satisfying the minimum requirements does not mean that the driver will continue to drive safely.
Trucking company owners have a vested interest in hiring only safe drivers. Safe drivers will keep overhead low and prevent accidents. Not all trucking companies observe federal safety regulations scrupulously. Instead, they favor fast delivery by drivers who are willing to take a chance at the expense of millions of motorists and passengers’ safety.
Trucking companies should follow sound screening and hiring practices for their drivers. Trucking companies need to be sure that the driver passes all physical exams before hiring. Every two years after that, the driver must pass drug and alcohol tests, have a clean driving record, and hold the correct CDL designation for the job. Even with rigorous standards in place, some trucking companies continue to hire and retain unsafe truck drivers.
Unsafe or unqualified truck drivers could cause carnage on the road. An unhealthy truck driver, for example, might not have the stamina to stay awake and alert while driving. Fatigue dulls a driver’s ability to make safe judgments. Moreover, fatigue could make them careless and careen toward their next stop because they need to get off of the road.
Trucking companies sometimes ignore red flags in a job candidate’s history. A checked driving history or a history of substance abuse might signify that the applicant is not the right person to drive a commercial vehicle.
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