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Hiring veterans as truck drivers to fill the trucker shortage – the good and the bad of this new initiative

The FMSCA has authorized the states to waive CDL requirements for veterans returning to civilian workforce as truckers

Hiring veterans as truck drivers

I’ve written before about the national truck driver shortage. It’s part of a larger epidemic that I see as a truck accident lawyer, where companies who are in need of drivers lower standards or look the other way. They look to drivers who have caused too many crashes, violated too many traffic safety laws, are medically unqualified to drive, or who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

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What does the national truck driver shortage mean for Michigan?

The National Truckers Association estimates there is a shortage of about 200,000 trucks on the road in North America.

I often write about the incredibly dangerous safety shortcuts that the trucking industry takes today, such as employing “grasshopper” truck drivers who have caused too many truck accidents or killed too many people who then “hop” from state to state. Or the chameleon carriers I see, small trucking companies that compile too many safety violations, change their names, and often start doing business as a brand new company.

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