Safety BLR reported yesterday on an upcoming listening session related to trucking safety sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The topic of discussion is new proposals by the administration related to “hours of service” regulations for commercial truckers. All those interested in preventing Illinois truck crashes should be aware of these regulations. They are mandates incumbent upon all trucking companies to ensure that their drivers get adequate rest before getting behind the wheels of these big rigs. Considering that driver fatigue and lack of sleep are one of the main causes of deadly truck collisions, these rules are of paramount importance to improving road safety.
The administration is seeking public comment on the latest changes. Anyone in the Washington D.C. area can attend the session in person at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport, or those in Illinois can listen online at the agency’s main webpage.
The latest changes include a variety of alterations to existing rules. For example, drivers would be required to have more consecutive “off duty” periods while not driving each week. The administration officials are hoping to gather a wide range of commentary on the changes with the overarching goal of preventing truck accidents with on-duty restrictions and resting requirements.
Our Chicago truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti are committing to protecting the rights of all victims of deadly road incidents. It is undeniable that truck drivers, trucking companies, and manufacturers have a duty to take all steps possible to reduce the steady stream of injury and death that results when these machines cause accidents. Often those steps involve enforcing common sense rules regarding trucker sleep and rest.
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