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New Safety Requirements For Truck Drivers

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) 2012 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics (pdf) in 2012 there were 9,739 crashes involving tractor-trailers in Illinois. According to this publication, these tractor-trailer crashes accounted for 3.6% of the total crashes.

The November 14, 2013 Wall Street Journal discusses federal safety rules for the trucking industry that were enacted in July, in an article titled “Truckers Tire of Sleep Rules.”

An excerpt from the article:

Under the revised rule, the average workweek has been shortened to 70 hours from 82. They must take one 30-minute break during the first eight hours of driving. And the required 34-hour break between workweeks now must extend over two nights, including the hours between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Those changes are proving more disruptive because they are added on to existing requirements that limit drivers to driving 11 hours a day and require them to rest a consecutive 10 hours.

The changes are aimed at reducing chronic fatigue and related crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation agency responsible for highway safety. Fatalities in large truck crashes declined 26% from 5,111 to 3,757 in the decade ending in 2011, according to the FMCSA, but it considers that number still unacceptably high.


The article also mentions the projected safety benefits from the latest changes, as well as the trucking industry’s views on the new rule.

Also, the consequences on various individual truck drivers are discussed.

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