U.S. DOT Urges Truckers to get Adequate Rest Between Shifts

When the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued new rules late last year, limiting the number of hours that truck drivers can be behind the wheel in any given week, we applauded the decision. Reducing the number of driving hours from 82 to 70 makes our highways safer for all travelers.

Now, FMCSA has followed that decision by encouraging truck drivers to get the proper amount of sleep to stay alert while driving. In addition to requiring drivers to take a 30-minute break after eight hours on the road, FMCSA also implemented a rule that requires drivers who work the maximum number of hours in a week to rest for at least two nights between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 p.m. – the four-hour window when a person’s “body clock” most demands sleep. The requirement is part of the DOT’s “34-hour restart” provision, which allows truck drivers to restart the clock on their work week by parking their rig for at least 34 consecutive hours.

For more information, click here to view the release on the D.O.T. website

TRUCK ACCIDENT FAST FACT: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, most one-ton trucks, or pickup and trailer combinations, exceed the 10,000 gross vehicle weight standard in Minnesota and are subject to large-truck safety regulations.

(Photo credit: TodaysTrucking.com)

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