The new rule issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reduces by 12 hours the maximum number of hours a truck driver can work within a week. In addition, truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes.
The current 11-hour daily driving limit was retained, but, truck drivers who maximize their weekly work hours are required to take at least two nights’ rest when their 24-hour body clock demands sleep the most – from 1:00 am to 5: 00 am.
Big rigs can be deadly when a driver is tired and overworked. Driver fatigue is the cause of many highway crashes.
This is a step in the right direction, but, the FMCSA must continue to review and research the work hours of truck drivers. Our public safety requires continued monitoring.