The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA is set to change one of the most hotly debated trucking regulations on the books. Texas citizens should understand what this possible change may mean to overall road safety.
The number of hours a trucker can take to the road is a set of rules first implemented in 1937. While may drivers could work their way around the HOS rules in the past, recent technological advancements have made workarounds more difficult. With so many truckers claiming the regulation cuts into pay and makes the job more dangerous, the FMCSA is deciding to overhaul the rules. We at Carrigan Law Group PC want you to know that these changes are happening so you can better prepare yourself.
Hours spent driving versus on sleeping
The new rules do not extend active driving time, currently set at 14 hours, except in adverse driving conditions. In cases where weather or other challenging conditions exist, a trucker can drive an additional two hours before taking the requisite off hours.
Off-hours broken up
Under the existing regulations, a driver must take 10 consecutive hours off after a 14-hour active shift. The policy change allows truckers to split that time up into a minimum of seven hours sleeping and another two-hour block off-duty or sleeping. The other hour may count towards break time instead of part of the lengthier block.
Truck accidents account for thousands of fatalities each year. By changing these rules, the FMCSA is attempting to keep truckers from taking higher risks and keeping other vehicles safer. You can find out more information about truck accidents on our webpage.