NAS Recommends Certain Changes to Truck Safety Program in the U.S.

An overturned truckA proposed safety program for trucks in the U.S. represents a “conceptually sound” initiative, although it requires major changes, according to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS).

Certain parts of the proposed Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative should be changed, following the committee’s uncertainty whether or not to endorse the Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentile ranks for public disclosure, the NAS said.

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The panel failed to reach a decision in recommending the SMS system, which tallies safety scores for transport carriers, as a formal evaluation will be necessary to study the effects of informing the public. In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented CSA in the country.

Amid difficulties in hiring drivers with commercial driver’s licenses, transportation companies have struggled in recent years to hire drivers with commercial driver’s licenses, (CDL). Fortunately, as Centerline Drivers mentioned, a CDL driver staffing company and other recruitment firms have been able to fill vacancies for them.

As job openings for truck drivers become challenging to fill, those working in retail might consider sending an application.

Retail Woes

Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed that retailers nationwide reduced 89,000 jobs since October 2016. The growth of e-commerce has led to store closures, as companies flagged 2,880 shops that ceased operations in the same month, according to a Credit Suisse report.

Analysts expect as much as 8,640 stores to close in 2017, which could mean more displaced workers. Community colleges in some states such as Texas have already worked to prevent an unemployment crisis among retail workers, although their limited number of skills poses as an obstacle to finding work elsewhere.

A proposed safety program should strike a balance in public safety and corporate interests. While the Compliance, Safety, Accountability proposal has some good points, it should be revised to reflect better benchmarks for determining carrier safety.