New Safety Rules in Effect for Trucks

As of July 1, truckers are required to take a 30-minute break in the first 8 hours of driving. Truck drivers’ maximum hours per work-week are reduced from 82 to 70.  They must also take a 34-hour break–known as a “restart”–once in every 7-day period. The goal of the new rules is to reduce the… Learn More »

The crackdown on unsafe trucking companies

Federal regulators have shut down yet another unsafe trucking company, ordering J&A Transportation out of service on as of April 9. The carrier showed “blatant disregard for safety” by violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) laws regarding hours of service for truck drivers and proper vehicle maintenance. This is the third closure of an unsafe… Learn More »

Trucking Group Opposes New Safety Regulations

The rest periods before professional truck drivers can start a new workweek, known as restarts, are under review by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A new rule, scheduled to go into effect in July 2013, mandates a 34-hour rest period before drivers can start a new week. The controversy in the trucking industry… Learn More »

The Need for New Trucking Safety Rules

3,675 people died in truck-related accidents in the United States in 2010. While other new traffic safety stats from 2010 are encouraging–although distracted driving remains a big problem–The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports an increase of more than 8% in fatalities in truck-involved accidents. A new bill has been introduced in the Senate… Learn More »