There are many different things that could cause a big rig driver to be a serious danger to other motorists. One is if they drive their truck while drunk. Another is if they are very tired when they are behind the wheel. Another is if they drive at excessive speeds in order to try to make their routes go faster. And yet another is if they lack the training and knowledge needed to operate their truck safely.
A bill has been introduced here in California aimed at combating this last issue we listed: lack of adequate training. The bill would up the requirements a new commercial driver needs to meet to receive a commercial driver’s license in the state.
Currently, the main requirement here in California for getting such a license is to pass a written test.
The bill would add a new requirement, this requirement being that a person would need to take and complete a training course done by a DMV-approved commercial driving institution. The hope is that this requirement would help better ensure that commercial vehicle drivers in California have adequate training.
What do you think of the idea of requiring truckers to undergo a training course in order to receive a commercial driver’s license in the state? Do you think it would help improve traffic safety in California? Do you think the state should pass the bill?
Legal action may be possible against truck drivers who cause accidents through unsafe conduct. Attorneys can help victims of big rig accidents look into the actions of the trucker involved in the crash to determine if the trucker did anything negligent.
Source: Marin Independent Journal, “Bill aims to educate big-rig drivers in wake of Highway 17 fatal crash,” Feb. 25, 2015