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Driver shortage causes spike in elderly truck drivers

On highways in Alaska and across the country, motorists know that there are risks on the road. Yet with a shortage of drivers causing difficulties for the trucking industry, many drivers may not understand the new perils facing them each time they hit the highways.

As CBS News reports, the age of truck drivers has been rising steadily; now about 10 percent of the commercial vehicle workforce is over the age of 65. Over the last three years, there has been nearly a 20 percent increase in bus and commercial truck crashes with drivers who are 70 or older. Some drivers found in the reports were even in their 90s. Between 2013 and 2015, in 12 states with elderly truck drivers studied, there were more than 6,600 crashes. There are no age regulations for commercial truck drivers, although plane pilots are forced to retire at age 65. Some fear that such regulations would be subject to age discrimination lawsuits. Trucking companies, who are in need of more drivers, are in some instances actively recruiting those over 65, who might need extra income to supplement their retirement checks.

There are other factors that are endangering drivers as well. Huffington Post reports that sleep apnea is the cause of many issues for those operating heavy machinery. After the conductor of a commuter railway train fell asleep due to undiagnosed sleep apnea, some are calling for truck drivers to be tested. Yet these proposed regulations have found considerable pushback, and trucking industry lobbyists have worked against the screenings of drivers who might be at risk for the increased fatigue brought on by this condition.

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