Trump Looking to End Mandatory Rest Periods for Truckers

  • Trump Looking to End Mandatory Rest Periods for Truckers

    On December 27, 2011, the Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule was published. Effective February 27, 2012, and with a compliance date of July 1, 2013. Drivers were given a 30-minute mandatory break with the intention of fighting drowsiness.

    The idea was that if they could limit the number of drivers getting close to the maximum number of hours allowed, they could reduce the risks associated with driver fatigue. These include crashes and chronic health conditions that stem as a result of the lack of sleep and sleep deprivation.

    Since 2012 The Trucking Industry Has Been Working To End This Rule

    While the intentions may have been good with the initial ruling, the results have been far from it. With a 10% increase in fatal truck-related accidents between 2016 and 2017, it’s safe to conclude that the HOS rules aren’t as helpful as the government may have thought initially.

    Most complaints focus on the idea that a single blanket rule isn’t good enough. Stating that states and companies should be allowed flexibility to best for them for both the drivers and safety.

    No One Size Fits All

    There are 3.5 million commercial truck drivers on the road. With different driving conditions and medical needs for each person, a blanket rule like HOS won’t do. Many complain that there is no one size fits all answer that can cover every person and company affected. Having the flexibility to make sensible changes to drivers’ work and rest periods can help to reduce driver fatigue and safety risks.

    One of the reasons why the trucking industry has been fighting so hard against this rule has been because they believe that it should be up to companies to decide the best ways to divide a driver’s time safely.

    Trump Looking to End Mandatory Rest Periods for Truckers

    FMCSA is currently looking for ways to increase driver safety while allowing them the flexibility with the hours that they have been seeking. As of current, the rulemaking process is at the NPRM stage. This means that a public notice was issued by law that the government is trying to add, remove, or change a rule.

    After the proposal has been issued, there will come a time for the American people to voice their opinions. This is when comments about the ruling and suggestions for changes can be offered. This is also one of the ways that the HOS regulations can be made more compatible with drivers.

    Other things that the FMCSA is doing to increase driver safety are shifting their focus to driver speed and streamlining the process for entering the trucking workforce.
    Two senators are pushing to reduce truck speeds across America to 65 miles per hour, claiming that higher speeds are unnecessary.

    Meanwhile, the FMSCA is trying to decrease the amount of time that it takes to become a commercial driver. They are hoping that by doing this, they can reduce the number of unnecessary barriers necessary for gainful employment.

    As time progresses we will see how these proposed ammendments turn out. Wiith any luck, the changes will be made in favor of our drivers.

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