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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Hoffa: Teens Driving Trucks Interstate Would Jeopardize Safety

    Absolute insanity. I personally don't know any 18 year old boy responsible enough to do this but then on the other hand, I sure see a lot of truckers out there that shouldn't have a CDL.
    (WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about a proposed federal pilot program that would allow drivers as young as 18 to transport goods via trucks in interstate commerce.

    “The decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to propose a pilot program that would lower the commercial driver’s license restriction from 21 to 18 is of grave concern to those who use the roadways as their workplace every day.

    “During the last highway bill, the FAST Act, Congress dictated how FMCSA could approach this topic. FMCSA was told it could do so in a highly controlled manner using only veterans and other members of the military who had experience driving during their time in the service. That safeguard was an important step towards counter-acting the enormous safety risks inherent with having teenagers running tractor trailers across long distances. Ignoring that decision and unilaterally deciding to explore a much broader pilot program represents a dismissive wave of the hand to the will of Congress.

    “This program is also being discussed under the auspices of easing a driver shortage that mainly plagues one subset of the trucking industry. Instead of discussing the rampant turnover that part of industry faces, or the low pay and tough working conditions those drivers endure, we are disappointed to see the agency only focus on how they can get more drivers into these jobs with no suggestions of how to improve the quality of the work while they are there. Younger drivers should not be expected to tolerate substandard working conditions any more than their older counterparts. Asking them to do so while also potentially jeopardizing the safety of all road users only makes this decision more troubling.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2019/05/ho...pardize-safety

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    Steward

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    Default Re: Hoffa: Teens Driving Trucks Interstate Would Jeopardize Safety

    I other thing to this, that those young teens especially at 18 years have the tendency of texting on the roads...and that is pretty scary to even think about it, with a heavy equipment like our trucks

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    Getting In The Groove Now.

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    Default Re: Hoffa: Teens Driving Trucks Interstate Would Jeopardize Safety

    Quote Originally Posted by fedexnuno View Post
    I other thing to this, that those young teens especially at 18 years have the tendency of texting on the roads...and that is pretty scary to even think about it, with a heavy equipment like our trucks
    How anyone could propose this is beyond me. Insane. Teens have the highest rate of accidents of any age group and always have.

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    Getting In The Groove Now.

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    Default Re: Hoffa: Teens Driving Trucks Interstate Would Jeopardize Safety

    Build-up the membership at a young age. Smart move.

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    Getting In The Groove Now.

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    Default Re: Hoffa: Teens Driving Trucks Interstate Would Jeopardize Safety

    Quote Originally Posted by Spaghetti_Rules View Post
    Build-up the membership at a young age. Smart move.
    You're someone that has a hard time thinking straight/coherently or you're just a smartass, maybe both.

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