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Posted by Monica on Sep 15, 2016

Even Truck Drivers Need A Break

Trucks have played a major role in moving items from one location to another. According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), trucks were responsible for moving 67% of freight tonnage moved in the United States in 2011. With this much reliance on trucks, it is important for employers to comply with safety rules. As revealed by the website of Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm, failure of these companies to follow safety standards can result to catastrophic accidents.

One of the biggest culprits in truck accidents is the hours of service being rendered by drivers. Employers put too much pressure on their drivers to go as far as possible in order to accomplish their respective tasks. As a result, the driver ends up fatigued and sleepy causing them to lose control of the wheel and slam into another vehicle or property. Too bad for the driver the blame will be put on him.

To remedy the situation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched a new set of rules regulating the working hours of truck drivers. Taking effect in 2012, the new changes in the working hours include:

• From the previous limit of 82 hours, the number of working hours that truck drivers should render in a seven day period is no more than 70 hours.
• After the initial 8 hours, a driver needs to take a break of at least 30 minutes before riding again
• Upon completing the maximum number of hours for the week, FMCSA’s new ruling requires drivers to go off duty for at least 34 hours. Although the rule has not changed, FMCSA added a new stipulation that the “restart” must include two periods running from 1 am to 5 am.

FMCSA also considered reducing the number of hours a truck driver may run per day from 11 to 10. Eventually, the 11-hour limit was maintained and the 10-hour limit still to be discussed.

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