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Trump order delays truck driver safety regulations

A 2017 executive order from President Donald Trump delayed the implementation of federal trucking regulations for first-time drivers. The rules, which will be implemented at a later date, establish training requirements for newly certified drivers in New York and across the country.

Trump's Jan. 20 executive order is designed to cut down on what he feels is too much bureaucratic red tape by delaying and/or freezing all new regulations from being implemented until March 21, 2017. The truck driving regulations proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, establishes training standards and curriculum for new truck drivers. The rules, which have the widespread support of truck companies and safety organizations, require that drivers who are licensed after Feb. 7, 2020, receive a standard training curriculum from FMCSA-approved instructors.

Some safety watchdog groups have expressed concerns that the new regulations will lead to unqualified truck drivers on the highway. The standards do not specify a minimum number of required training hours on the road, which has stoked fears that a lack of on-the-job training will lead to negligence, inattentive truck drivers, and even semitruck accidents.

Unqualified truck drivers are only one cause of the many 18-wheeler accidents that occur. Drivers can be involved in multivehicle accidents or head-on collisions that are the result of speeding, drunk truck drivers or even negligent truck maintenance. Anyone who has sustained serious injuries in a collision may want to consult with an experienced truck accident attorney. Lawyers may be able to inspect trucking logs and look for factors such as defective auto parts and overloaded cargo that may lead to financial compensations for the victims.

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