New driving rules require truck drivers to take it easy
POSTED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 1, 2013 - 9:53pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — New rules for the trucking business may bring some relief for drivers, but, for some drivers they are less than thrilled and critics say it will cost us more at the store.
Truck drivers will be stepping on the brake to take a break.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says truckers have to shorten driving times, and for the last year the rule has been in place but on Monday, July 1st, they started enforcing it.
We're told driving hours will be reduced from 82 hours to 70 hours during a seven consecutive day driving.
Plus, drivers in this industry will will have a "34-hour restart" that means two off duty periods between 1 am to a.m..
KETK stopped at truck stop in Tyler to hear what truck drivers have to ay about the new rules.
"I think it hinders the driver from from his earning potential, I think it's unfair and there's really no accommodations for everybody," says Michael Beamon, Truck Driver.
The Department of Transportation reports, in the U.S.. more than 3,000 people die in a large truck and bus crashes every year, and 13-percent of those deaths were fatigued drivers.