A range of safety groups are calling for judicial review of federal rules for truck drivers' hours of service. According to a lawsuit filed by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Public Citizen, the Truck Safety Coalition and two truck drivers, the new rule doesn't protect the public from tired truckers. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently ruled drivers could only work 70 hours within a seven-day period, down from a previous limit of 82. Truckers must also take a break of at least 30 minutes after an eight-hour shift.

That's a step in the right direction, but drivers are still allowed to travel up to 11 hours in one day. Those who reach their hourly limit in a week may then restart the clock by taking a 34-hour break, but that may only be done once within a seven-day period.

The concerned parties want a judicial review of the rule to eliminate the 34-hour restart provision and cut consecutive drive hours to 10, saying that truck crash fatalities increased by nine percent in 2010.


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      searune
      • 2 Years Ago
      94 percent of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles are caused by four-wheelers. It's easy to blame truckers for alot of the bad things that go on. Most of the time it's a trucker that pulls over and renders assistance to injured motorists who are involved in crashes. We do it because we have to, not because we want to. 28 yrs experience here.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we go again Once again, a group who professes to know all about the trucking industry,more than likely in this group, they base their stats on information and statistics. Lets not forget, pick up trucks as well, are included in commercial driving accident numbers but you only hear about the big rigs when a group feesl they are doing the public a service. One any given day, you hear about 4 wheelers involved in drunk driving accidents,going the wrong way on a highway or interstate eiter drunk or running from the law. Maybe, in any given month you might hear about a truck accident some where in the country. On any given day, there are numorous accidents with 4 wheelers in every state, not so with the big rigs. A good example..recently, I was drving in snow, conditions were not bad, and a group of teens in a car, were going from one side of my tanker to the other throwing snow balls at the truck and my windshield. What the hell do you do you so called safety advocates? The smith system ingraines into you, maintain your lane and look for an out, if none, maintain your lane. I deliver fuel to gas stations, what do you think i am feeling, as I concentrate on staying centered, keep all 105,000 lbs of truck and gas safe and at the same time try not to be distracted by so called innocent 4 wheelers throwing snow balls at me while under way? Or the constant passenger tossing a cigarette at my tanker and then speeding by and flipping me off. No of course you cannot answer that, becase why you are fast asleep we are on the road ensuring you have supplies of millions of products ready for your complaining tail end daily. Since I have said nothing about my company in a derogatory manner, I am calling you out..I work for Keenan Advantage group, Northwest, Tacoma, Washington..name..Ed Brier..get your ass on a plane and come spend a shift with me and another driver and see things from our perspective if you have the nuts for it. In this case, actions truly speak louder than your worthless vendetta. Come on out, I am calling you out in front of everyone, get out here and prove me and other professional drivers wrong! You have enough information to locate me, before writing again, get your sorry uninformed ass out here. The way I read the posting, the author is passing on information about what a particular group up to regading commercial trucking and the rules. To the group who thinks they know, screw your stats, get out here and see our world from our windshild!
        BARRY AND KATHY
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        My brother in law and father in law were both truckers, one long haul, one local sand and stone. Every trucker I have known had the desire to get home safely to his family and were much better drivers than the idiots on the road. Don't expect any to take up your offer because it would destroy their inflated ego's and stop them from passing on yellow, speeding and tailgating.
        patricke95
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Edward
        You've hit the nail on the head Edward. Any good statustition can make the numbers "appear" to be whatever they want them to be to reflect their agenda. It is a known fact that 75% of all accidents involving big trucks are caused by the actions of four wheelers. It was a study done by AAA if I remember correctly. This article is a true reflection of how naive the public is about how their goods get to the store. Remember, if you drive a truck, you should belong to OOIDA.
      Tricia Hensley
      • 2 Years Ago
      This new rules and regulations are ridiculous.....I'm tired of hearing about rules and restrictions on Truck Drivers. Start making some for the idiot four wheelers!....God Bless all of you Truck Driver's and thank you for your service to our country, Trucker's keep America running! ~Proud To Be A Trucker's Wife~
      nuclearboy2020
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been a driver for over forty years but I'm slowing down now. But any way I have seen a lot of crashes and I have to stand with searune 85 to 90 percent of the crashes I have seen have been the cause of the four wheeler. I think it time to shut down the trucks and see how they cry then.
        truckers.wife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nuclearboy2020
        Good luck with that. You'd be lucky to get not even 50 trucks to unite in this cause. And I realize there is a law against truckers striking but there comes a point when you ALL have to say the law can KMA and you'll have to forfeit a day's pay. Funny thing about that law is law makers already know the devastation a strike would create AND funny thing about them pushing truckers to the point of striking is apparently they believe truckers will obey the law sooooo why all the legislation? ANSWER: because truckers are rolling ATMs
      mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      GOD BLESS EVERY TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER OUT THERE !!!!!!
      David Steven
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the truck crash fatalities have increased, it's because of an increase in the number of people who drive while distracted. You would not believe some of the things I see people doing while driving their cars. Many of them are looking at their I-Pads, phones, and other gadgets instead of the road ahead. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've had to hit my brakes hard to avoid a bad crash... simply because the person driving was distracted in some way. Just because the D.O.T. allows a trucker to drive up to 11 hours does not mean they have to drive 11 hours. Plus there are intermittent breaks during those hours.Trimming the rule to 10 hours and doing away with the 34-hour restart will not result in lowered crash incidents, as long as people continue to drive while paying attention to everything but the road. The D.O.T. recently established a rule requiring truckers to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving. Perhaps it should be broadened to include the motoring public in general.
      dirkc123
      • 2 Years Ago
      For the obviously uniformed public who are the first to comment.. As for the logs being fake, more and more companies are converting to electronic logs which can not be altered. Once the driver logs in the 14 hour clock runs continuously. The 11 hour clock runs as long as the truck is moving. If the driver starts without logging in, once the truck moves it automatically puts the driver on duty. As for driving 11 hours, this is very, very seldom done continuously. Drivers have to stop to fuel, to eat, etc. and before they start a new day they are required to have 10 consecutive hours off duty. I have been in the transportation industry for more than 30 years and would take my chances any day on the road with truck drivers vs. vacationers with a car full of screaming kids headed to Disney World.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      As A Truck Driver, I can tell you this. Just like any job you get accustom to driving long distance. I understand that the "Public" wants to regulate the ability to drive, but if the shoe was on the other foot, would you want to be told when you can drive. This is how we make a living and we don't get paid Hourly or Salaried. Our paychecks depend on how many miles we drive. Yes there are some drivers out there that drive unsafe and tired, but that's not all of us and why should the many be punished for the few? Also the "Truck accident increasing" If you look further into this I guarantee that 90%+ of all the truck accidents were caused by drivers in cars/ pickup trucks who do not understand how to drive around big trucks. The Motoring public does not realize that when you cut off a truck to make a sudden turn, the truck cannot stop in time. They also do not understand that most trucking companies limit the speed at which a truck can go, My company limits our trucks to 65 mph. For people who do not drive long distance driving 10+ hours is daunting, but for someone who does this every day it's not as draining because we get used to it.
        twlvspds
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        oh how SO right you are. i no longer drive the big trucks, i miss it very much, but hubby still drives, 27 years so far, and we are always expressing the same thing. when will the public learn? probably never so we have to keep on trying to educate them even tho it seems to be like talking to a brick wall. Mean while stay safe out there Dude.
        Lisa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Just got off the phone with my hubby and he reminded me that according to AAA semi-truck accidents have actually gotten fewer since the new regs were put into effect several years ago. Included in these regs are the 11/14 and the 34 hour restart. Hummm makes you think maybe a little research on the authors part would help the true information be given to the public. Oh, never mind, that would make the trucker look better.... (pure sarcasm) As a trucker and a trucker's wife I am tired of the drivers being given all the blame for everything that goes wrong on the road.
      whitefam1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got out of driving 18 wheelers a few years back. I was loosing it from drivers of cars that shouldn't be allowed to drive. There are a whole bunch of stupid drivers out there that don't bother to pay attention to traffic or other people on the road in cars or trucks. Truckers are some of the best drivers on the road when compared to those driving cars. The children coming out of drivers ed have no respect for trucks or truckers. I feel there are a lot of lucky drivers out there that would be dead if the drivers of trucks drove the same as their four wheel counterparts.
      dondog63
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you are injured in an accident involving someone who has driven 10 or more hours you will probably be treated by an emergency room physician who has worked around the clock. We don't need any more selective government rules.
      hlcarder
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been driving a truck since 1966 and have went thru more rule changes than most. under the old rules of 8 on 8 off worked just fine. you could split your log and take a nap, make drops and have time to get the load delivered. Now 11 on 3 bottom line 10 hrs sleeper. cant split a log with the electronic log bu 8 & 2. 3 hrs bottom line doesnt give you enough time to del. safety insp. fuel ect with a violation so everyone is trying to make up the time lost as on duty not driving. and taking chances....little wonder with all the young inexperienced driver trying to figure out a log instead of driving skills. A good idea by the dot would be to learn about truckdriving before making rules. on
        lindacharliebb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hlcarder
        politicans have no clue about an honest living. you would think they would talk to drivers in the field about rules and safety. just wait until carbon tax hits truckers , $4 loaf of bread coming soon . until licenses are issued after a safety course about trucking , nothing will change ( ie; braking distance of a 52 ft. semi ) thanks for delivering our goods ! . tough job.
        truckers.wife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hlcarder
        Excellent point. When hubby started, the rules were 8 / 8 / 8. We saw more money to pay our bills and enjoy a vacation once every couple of years and we got to see him. No complaints and he was ready to cut the grass when he got home because he'd gotten enough true rest. He carried bodies and chassis up and down the east coast and was home every weekend and every other night. We made good money and the boys were young so it was important that he spend quality time with them. He was able to do just that under those rules. Now, he doesn't know until Thursday night whether or not he'll be able to come home for 1 weekend day. As it stands, we see him late Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday mornings (if he gets to come home at all that week). He's too tired to take on his "honey do" list and the boys may get a decent 5 hours with him. Date night? What's that? Vacation? We had our first one this past Thanksgiving in 3 years. And we lost our house of 12 years back in 2010.
      searune
      • 2 Years Ago
      94 percent of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles are caused by four-wheelers. It's easy to blame truckers for alot of the bad things that go on. Most of the time it's a trucker that pulls over and renders assistance to injured motorists who are involved in crashes. We do it because we have to, not because we want to. 28 yrs experience here.
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