Road safety sign The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants to simplify the process of obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL), amid a shortage of truck drivers.

According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), an estimated 48,000 vacancies in the transportation sector would increase more than thrice in the next 10 years. The simpler application process, as also mentioned, may help companies that want to hire a CDL truck driver.

Declining Numbers

Fewer people seek work related to driving trucks, despite a significant increase in truck tonnage over the last 10 years, the ATA noted. The DOT and FMCSA seeks to solve this problem by announcing two proposals that aim to reduce costs for applicants and state driver licensing agencies.

FMCSA has requested feedback until August 12 on the proposed Military Licensing and State CDL Reciprocity and Commercial Learner’s Permit Validity. The military licensing would let qualified veterans and active duty personnel to skip the CDL knowledge test, while the commercial learner’s permit would extend the validity of a license from six months to one year.

Blue Collar Jobs

White-collar jobs have long been associated with huge salaries, yet some people fail to realize that blue-collar work can be financially rewarding as well. In the transportation industry, for instance, inspectors earn an average of $72,650 by examining truck and rail shipments, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Those interested can apply in almost every U.S. state, although New York, Florida and Texas have the most number of inspectors.

Other blue-collar jobs that bring home a big paycheck include elevator installers and repairers, who earn $76,860. BLS said that interested people should first learn the trade via an apprenticeship before submitting applications.

As the transport industry grapples with a shortage of commercial vehicle drivers, how do you intend to fill your company’s need to fill vacancies for trucking jobs?