Trump administration moves to relax rules on how long truckers can drive

The trucking industry has long wanted less strict drive-time rules, but safety advocates warn relaxing the rules could lead to more highway crashes.

15.8.2019

The trucking industry has long wanted less strict drive-time rules, but safety advocates warn relaxing the rules could lead to more highway crashes.

The trucking industry has long wanted less strict drive-time rules, but safety advocates warn relaxing the rules could lead to more highway crashes.

“It puts a little more power back in the hands of the drivers and motor carriers,” agency head Raymond Martinez said. Martinez said the agency listened to drivers and their call for safer and more flexible rules.

The government “is offering flexibility without regard for the fact that these weakened rules could be exploited by the worst actors in the industry,” said Harry Adler, executive director of the Truck Safety Coalition.

“Having the flexibility is huge,” Terry Button, a hay farmer and truck owner from upstate New York, said Wednesday. “It’s good that the government finally took the time to listen to the people who do the job.” Button has logged about 4 million miles since he started driving in 1976.

Under the proposed revisions, truckers could take a break while they are on duty but not driving. Drivers have complained that long waits for cargo to be loaded or unloaded keep them idle yet they are still required to take an off-duty break, even if they do not need to rest or cannot find suitable parking for a big rig.

Eric Teoh, a senior statistician with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, had urged against lengthening the short-haul work period. In a letter to Martinez and the agency last year, Teoh said that a recent IIHS study showed that interstate truck drivers operating under the short-haul exemption had a crash risk 383% higher than those not using the exemption.

“Truckers have families and want to get home safely just like everyone else. They are the most knowledgeable, highway safety advocates and the agency’s proposal, overall, recognizes that fact,” said Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn.

Read more: Los Angeles Times

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This is dangerous Anything to do away with health and safety; Don realDonaldTrump would prefer more money instead. There are reasons these laws were put in place. We have the rules we have because truck drivers were driving while dangerously tired and having accidents. Cars don’t stand a chance against 18-wheelers. Why would we want to go back to a time when our roads were less safe for everyone?

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