New Provisions For Sleepy Truck Drivers

We’ve talked before about the many dangers of drowsy truck drivers, and now the U.S. government is paying more attention to the problem. New federal regulations have been in the works since last month. These new regulations are being brought about by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and are aimed at revising the hours of service safety requirements for commercial truck drivers. This new provisions change the maximum driving hours per week from 82 to 70 hours. In addition, the new rules state that if a driver maxes out a work week by working the full 70 hours, then he or she must take 34 hours off before getting back on the road. The rules are still in draft stage, but are expected to go into effect by July 2012. Even though these changes may decrease the average truck driver’s paycheck, they will be keeping both the truck driver and the rest of the drivers on the highways safer than ever.

Source: Injury Board