Final Rules for Truck Drivers Hours-Of-Service

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued their Final Rule on Hours-of-Service (HOS) for truck drivers and the results were extremely disheartening. Though the new limits reduce the number of hours a driver can work within a seven-day period from 82 hour to 70, it still allows truck drivers to drive 11 hours daily which has proven to be a very dangerous limit. Consumer groups were "keenly" aware of the industry's lobbying in the year since the Obama administration proposed the 10-hour day, said Henry Jasny, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. He commented further "This is a breach of promise of making safety the No. 1 goal of the agency and the Transportation Department... It's more than disappointing."

It is estimated by the National Transportation Safety Board that fatigue truck drivers caused 30% to 40% of the accidents that killed over 4,000 people on our nation's roads last year. Research has shown that the risk of accidents doubles after 8 hours of consecutive driving and that driver fatigue is the leading contributing factor in deaths from accidents involving trucks. In light of the above, the failure of the FMCSA to change the regulations was discouraging and unfortunately will help to contributed to continued high fatalities on our nation's highways.