Trucks are a staple on the Florida roads bringing goods back and forth as well as providing jobs nationwide. The majority of truckers adhere to the rules of the road, as well as federal trucking regulations and do whatever they can to reduce the danger of a truck accident. While these drivers are making attempts to be safe, that is not completely true of all drivers. The idea behind the numerous regulations in place is that there will be consequences to companies and drivers for failing to abide by them. A new bill in the U.S. Senate might serve to deregulate the industry and lead to danger.
Democrats -- including Florida Senator Bill Nelson -- tried to stop the rules changes from getting out of committee, but failed. The idea for many senators is to reduce the amount of federal trucking regulations that the industry must follow. The transportation bill runs 1,000 pages and has provisions for the truck industry that reduce the minimum age for drivers going on interstate routes to 18-years-old from 21. The public would also no longer be able to see the safety rankings for truck companies.