New rules re: Truckers and Trafficking

CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle) Drivers Convicted of Human Trafficking are Banned for Life

An article in CDL Life recently announced that, "The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule today that will permanently ban a person from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for life if they are found guilty of human trafficking.

The FMCSA announced the final rule on Tuesday, July 16.

According to a news release from the FMCSA, “This new rule [will] prohibit an individual from operating a CMV for life if that individual uses a CMV in committing a felony involving a severe form of human trafficking. The new rule revises the list of offenses permanently disqualifying individuals from operating a CMV for which a commercial driver’s license or a commercial learner’s permit is required.

The FMCSA says that the lifetime ban follows President Trump’s signing of the “No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.”

Hooray!  Despite all of the bickering in Washington DC, sometimes the federal government gets it right!

In related news right here in Washington State, Hope4Justice recently learned from Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) that the Washington Department of Licensing has made it a requirement for all CDL schools in our state to train drivers about human trafficking with the TAT training

The Truckers Against Trafficking training requires drivers to "demonstrate their knowledge of the issue of human trafficking and how a member of the trucking or bus industry can play a vital role in combatting this crime -- perhaps even saving a life."

I am related to a trucker and have been told of some sketchy scenarios drivers have come across while traveling their routes.  These federal and state steps against trafficking are excellent ways to incorporate the anti-trafficking fight into the everyday life of hundreds of thousands of truck drivers -- with the potential to make a real difference for victims. 

Well done!

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