A truck driver comments on hours of service rules
Usually reader comments appear in a blog just as an attachment to the blogger’s post, and sort of get lost in the shuffle. However, this morning I received a comment from a seasoned truck driver named Andrew about the recent court ruling on hours of services rules that should stand on its own.
As a truck driver, I know from personal experience that the old 10/15 rule was much better for the health and safety of drivers and motoring public. A great deal is known about sleep now and, by far, the greatest danger stems from the fact that drivers are yanked all over the clock dial by shippers/recvrs who want to get drivers in doors for loading/unloading at all hours of the night and day. Driving at night is unnatural, unhealthy and risky, especially between about 02:00 and daybreak (red-zone). If we as a society want to make really substantial gains in highway safety, red-zone driving will need to be outlawed. Recent piddly-wink adjustments will yield only slight benefits.
That is right in line with what other truck drivers have been telling me for years, and with what I have seen of some of the worst trucking accidents.
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