Obama Administration To Reconsider Trucker Rule

The Obama administration has agreed to reconsider a rule that allows long-haul truckers to drive for up to 11 hours straight without rest.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tells safety advocates it will revise the rule that became final in the waning days of the Bush administration.

For 60 years, truckers were allowed to drive a maximum of 10 hours at a time. The Bush administration and the trucking industry wanted to let truckers have an extra hour of driving time. The rule also cut off-duty rest and recovery time. A federal appeals court struck the rule down twice, but the Bush administration later reinstated it.

Safety and labor advocates argue that longer hours mean more driver fatigue and a greater risk of accidents.

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  • by once again Location: ayden on Oct 29, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    Lavon, Lavon, Lavon.....enough said!!!!
  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    To: Cactus The DOT regs have progressively gotton tighter on medical issues. The NTSB has urged DOT to require sleep studies to be done on all drivers. The medical review board at DOT is proposing sleep testing for all drivers with a BMI of more than 33 (about 6 ft, 235 lbs.) Your acquaintance that drives should be tested, and fitted for a CPAP machine if found to have sleep apnea. Also, regulations for diabetes and high blood pressure have been tightened greatly. Anyone with diabetes controlled by injection is now barred from driving. Anyone with BP of greater than 140/90 (either figure) is also barred. If their BP is controlled with medication, their bi-annual DOT physical becomes an annual physical. Yes, I agree, as a professional driver of 28 years, that anyone driving 65 MPH with 80K tractor trailer needs to be alert and attentive to be safe. And everyone driving needs to get more exercise to get fit.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    That is what is WRONG. obama needs to worry about BIGGER issues he can not seem to get right.
  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    The DOT changed the hours of service rules in 2004. They did allow 1 more hour of driving to 11, but reduced total on duty time to 14 hours, then 10 consecutive hours off before driving again. The safety advocates complain about the 11 driving hours but fail to tell you about the 2 extra hours of rest required. The deaths involving heavy trucks per million miles traveled has gone DOWN each year since this change. I, as well as all drivers, am required to get more rest than we used to. Why then, are safety advocates suing the DOT to change something that has IMPROVED SAFETY? Two simple reasons-- The safety advocates are bankrolled by the large rail companies (CSX, Norfolk Southern, Burlington Northern and Union Pacific) and 2,the Teamsters Union. The rails want all freight put on intermodal containers and stacked on railcars for movement. The Teamsters want all drivers to be paid hourly instead of by the mile. I was a Teamster for 17 years, but make more money now. Hmm. Union Dues
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    How many people are mentally and physically able to drive 11-14 hours per day? I know a trucker who has sleep apnea, admits dozing off while driving, how do we restrict the people? When you have 60000 pounds moving at 55 MPH, What is the response time? What happens if I am dozing? The longer a person works each day the less likely he is to respond quickly and that increases with the number of days worked with out rest.
  • by Chase on Oct 28, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    I got laid off last Feb.Never been laid off before(I'm44).I have worked all most all my life hard labor for 10 to 16 hour days and then having to drive a round trip up to 4 hours on most job.I'm not alone doing this thier is hundreds of thousands working these hours and making long drives.To limit a driver to 11 hours of driving in my opion is wrong.I personally think 14 hours is more like it.Heck I dont sleep more than six hours a 24 hour period and most men that I have work with dont either.But I do agree with more drug screening because thier is always a few bad seeds out there to ruin it for the rest of the drivers.
  • by PUREBREAD Location: Creswell on Oct 28, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    Dang Lavon I never thought I'd say this but I agree with you 100%.See I'm not that bad of a conservative.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    They already do this. Now they will not have to keep to log books. If they legally let them drive this extra time then they should do more drug testing. It is too late after they have killed someone.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Oct 28, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    What are you talking about. This will allow them to drive up to 11 hours if they choose, not a law saying they have to drive 11 hours. This is good because one thing that will make a driver upset is having to stop when he's not even sleepy or tired. I use to hate doing that when I drove trucks some years back. This has nothing to do with any socialism, geez wash the soap out of your brain why don't you
  • by once again Location: ayden on Oct 28, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    OMG...now this neanderthal is gonna mess with truckers??? Grab your Hind Part gun lovers and straight folks...He's coming afer us next!!! Hope all that voted for this socialist is tickled pink!!!!

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