Safety Regulations to Reduce Truck Driver Fatigue

Introducing New Safety Regulations for Truck Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new federal regulations that were designed to improve safety and reduce truck driver fatigue. The rules limit the work week for commercial truck drivers to 70 hours to ensure that all truck drivers have adequate rest.

“These fatigue-fighting rules for truck drivers were carefully crafted based on years of scientific research and unprecedented stakeholder outreach,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new hours of service:

  • Limits the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from the previous maximum of 82 hours;
  • Allows truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week to resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most - from 1- 5 a.m., and;
  • Requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.

Drivers and their employers that commit violations of the rule could face the maximum penalties for each offense. Trucking companies that allow drivers to exceed driving limits could be fined and face other extensive penalties.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Tampa

It is well established that working long daily and weekly hours on a continuing basis is associated with chronic fatigue and a high risk of crashes. If you or a family member has been injured in accident involving a semi tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, commercial vehicle or large truck, contact the Capaz Law firm to speak with an experienced accident lawyer. We know just how devastating an accident can be and will fight aggressively to hold the negligent party accountable. Call 813.280.5555 for your free consultation.