Baltimore, MD- Fatigued driving is a major concern in regards to trucking safety. It’s a concern in Maryland and the U.S. as a whole. That is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted rules to make certain truck drivers aren’t getting too tired behind the wheel. Now those rules have been rolled back, significantly increasing your chances of being injured or killed in a fatigued driving truck accident.
The fate of FMCSA’s hours-of-service rules has been in flux for months, but it was dealt the final blow this week. Some of hours-of-service rules were rolled back by Congress earlier this year but one rule, though heavily criticized, remained in place. That rule was the restart rule and it required truck drivers to take two rest periods between 1 am and 5 am after a full work week before a truck driver can start a new work week. The law required that after a 70-plus work week, a truck driver take a rest period of at least 34 hours to rest before getting they get on the road again. Now that requirement is on the chopping block and rules to prevent fatigued driving could be virtually non-existent.
The Hill reported this week that the budget omnibus bill that the House passed included a provision that suspends the restart rule until the FMCSA can conduct additional studies to show the effectiveness of the hours of service rules. Such studies could take months even years to conduct, leaving fatigued driving rules suspended indefinitely and motorists at risk. That’s concerning for trucking safety advocates.
The Hill reports that the Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition John Lannen said in a statement, “Requiring a truck driver to work up to 82 hours per week will only cause more fatigue related truck crashes, and, in turn, more injuries and deaths.”
The FMCSA’s hours-of-service rules weren’t perfect and, of course, there is no way to prevent fatigued driving altogether, but the restart rule offered motorists some protection from too-tired truckers.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a truck accident can be devastating especially when you consider the size and weight of commercial trucks. In fact, if you are involved in an accident with these large trucks, you are twice as likely to be killed then if you were in a car accident.
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