Staten Island, NY- Deadly truck accidents are on the rise in the U.S. In their latest crash analysis, the National Highway Safety Administration found a 5.6 percent increase in fatal commercial truck accidents in 2016. There could be an even steeper rise in deadly truck crashes if the Trump Administration continues their push to reverse Obama-era trucking safety rules.
Trump Administration Could Reverse Fatigued Driving Regulations for Truck Drivers
President Trump, in the absence of any significant legislative victories to date, has made it a priority to reverse most of former President Obama’s regulations and laws including rules to prevent fatigued trucking crashes.
The two rules potentially on the chopping block are the hours of service rules and a requirement all truckers undergo mandatory testing for sleep apnea. Many in the trucking industry have been critical of the two regulations and asked the current president to roll those rules back.
Under current hours-of-service rules, truck drivers are only allowed to be on-duty for 11 consecutive hours and must have a 10-hour rest break in between driving shifts. Truckers are also required to take a 30-minute break for every eight hours they work. Those rules are still in place, but the Trump Administration suspended a rule that forced truckers to have two rest periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. for every seven days they work.
Truck drivers say these rules interfere with their jobs and don’t take into account all the hours they are stuck in traffic or waiting for their trucks to be loaded or off-loaded.
“Once your workday starts, then 14 hours later, it has to end,” Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, told NPR. “It doesn’t take into account delays that you may encounter at a shipper or receiver, or as a result of construction or congestion, or maybe a crash on the road.”
Another fatigued-diving related rule being eyed for reversal is one that requires truck drivers undergo mandatory sleep apnea testing.
The Trump Administration has also halted or reversed the following commercial trucking safety regulations:
Reversal of a speed limiter rule
A revamp of the driver and trucking company rating system
Stopped efforts to improve underride guards
Stopped rule to require automatic emergency brakes
John Lannen, executive director of the Truck Safety Coalition, told NPR, “I find the climate troubling,” noting that truck accidents are trending upward.
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