Speaking of competition, trucking schools are enrolling huge numbers of potential drivers. Driving a truck isn't so difficult after all if so many people can learn to do it so quickly. That's great news for carriers and not so great for union drivers who think their limited skills are indispensable.
Speaking of driving skill, trucking's safety record is better than ever in 2011, with the fatality rate down by 14.1% from last year. There's a hidden factor behind those statistics besides better training, supervision, and regulation. That hidden factor is the declining number of union drivers on the road along with fewer union workers in general. Fewer incompetent drivers steering big rigs means safer roads for the rest of us.
These are all welcome trends and positive developments. Today is a day to celebrate good news! :-)
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