By John Cooper, Trucking Accident Lawyer
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges including one in Hampton Roads to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.
The funding was provided as part of FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle – Operator Safety Training (CMV-OST) grant program.
The announcement comes at a time when there is a shortage of truck drivers. In a recent video, my colleague Bill O’Mara explained how the shortage of truck drivers could put other drivers in danger on the highway.
“Those that we entrust to protect and serve our nation deserve opportunities that utilize the skills and training they received on the job on military bases overseas and at home,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “We can think of none more appropriate to safeguard our highways as commercial vehicle drivers than the thousands of veterans who have already proven they can safely handle large vehicles under extremely stressful circumstances.”
“These unique grants are designed to help recruit, train and place veterans and their spouses in good jobs that are in high demand and in an industry that is vitally important in keeping our national economy moving forward,” added FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “Graduates of these training programs are continuing to serve our nation by ensuring that the goods and products we depend on are delivered professionally, efficiently and, most importantly, safely.”
The organizations in question include Tidewater Community College in Norfolk which received just over $107,000.
FMCSA targets its grants at organizations that provide truck driving training. That includes public or private colleges, vocational-technical schools, universities, post-secondary educational institutions, truck driver training schools, associations, and local and state governments.
Congress set up the Commercial Motor Vehicle – Operator Safety Training Grant Program in 2005 through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act. The safety training is intended help alleviate the severity and number of crashes on U.S. roads involving large trucks and buses.
As a Virginia trucking accident attorney, I welcome any initiative that puts well trained truckers on the roads of the Commonwealth of Virginia. if you have been injured in an accident involving a truck, call Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077.