I am not saying I agree that this is a great idea but I do agree that it is an interesting thought and something that would be fun to examine in a scholarly environment.
Lastly no matter who you are and how long you have been doing something you can always learn more. I was a partner in a business in Florida for a coupe of years that sold, leased and maintained marina forklifts. We were a division of Wiggins Lift company. I provided an ongoing operating training course program to our customers. I had only been around these lifts for a few years and found myself teaching a class to operators that had been at the controls for 20 to 30 years. Yes they all knew what they were doing and were accomplished at what they did but I never met anyone that didn't leave the class without something they didn't know before they came. Most people learn to drive or operate vehicles and equipment in the seat but there are things to learn in the classroom as well. Once you understand the mechanics and physics of how things works it opens a whole new spectrum to you. With experienced operators I spent very little time with the lift itself and most of my time in the classroom, they already know how to move the thing and what all them fancy levers do, what they don't understand is load centers and WHY you use the axle lock in some situations and not others. They have always known that in situation "A" you use it and in situation "B" you don't. Once you have an understanding of why you are now capable of making decisions when parameters fall outside of those designated boxes. I think the kind of class Phragle was referring to would be something like Tres Martin's performance boat school not some coast guard boating safety course. Again I will reiterate that I am not whole heartedly agreeing that this particular regulation would help anything or be effective in lowering costs but I am agreeing that is something that would be worth researching.