Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mothertruckers: More maternalism from the US DOT

Last week the feds struck at truck and bus drivers' cell phone use, today the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced
a regulatory proposal that would revise hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for commercial truck drivers.
“A fatigued driver has no place behind the wheel of a large commercial truck,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We are committed to an hours-of-service rule that will help create an environment where commercial truck drivers are rested, alert and focused on safety while on the job.”
TheHood has a nice Christmas present in store for the trucking industry in this proposal:
Commercial truck drivers who violate this proposed rule would face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. Trucking companies that allow their drivers to violate the proposal’s driving limits would face penalties of up to $11,000 for each offense.
Here is the US DOT news release.

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