The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last month released its revised work hour rules for truck drivers. The rule comes as a disappointment for New York trucking accident attorneys.
The new rules don’t limit the maximum number of hours that a truck driver can work in a day, as New York trucking accident attorneys had been hoping. Instead, the current 11 hour limit will stay.
As part of the revision, the maximum number of hours that a truck driver can work during the week has been limited to 70. Under the previous rules, truck drivers could drive up to 82 hours per week. According to federal trucking safety officials, the new rules are another step toward keeping Americans safer on our highways.
Trucking can be a challenging job at the best of times, and if a truck driver is tired, stressed or fatigued, it only increases the risks of an accident. According to Transportation Sec. LaHood, this new rule will prevent several fatigue-related accidents every year.
However, the fact that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has not placed a limit on the number of hours that a driver can drive in a single day is definitely a source of concern. This was one of the main demands of New York trucking accident attorneys and trucking safety groups – that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set strict limits on the number of hours that a trucker can drive in a day. That, sadly, has not happened.