Congress recently passed a regulation that aims at tackling exhaustion among truckers. While come weeks truckers would work up to 82 hours, the regulation now limits the time spent driving to a maximum of 70 hours a week. The change mandates a “restart period,” which provides two days off and no driving between 1 am and 5 am. Truckers are able to use the restart period once a week.
Some argue that the new rule will force truckers to be more active during rush hour, increasing the risk of accident. Congress, however, feels as though these regulations are necessary in promoting the most sound sleep among truckers in order to combat the prevalence of sleep apnea caused crashes.
Keep an eye out for new transportation legislation in 2017.