Friday, January 22, 2010

Mile Marker Reached in Trucker Safety

The trucking industry has been buzzing about the new hours of service (HOS) reform. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched this safety reform effort late last year.

The first of four public “listening sessions” occurred this week to gather people’s thoughts on the current HOS.

A key part of these discussions involved how the trucking industry should handle sleep disorders.

An estimated 28 percent of truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea. They have a much higher rate than the general population. In contrast, four percent of men and two percent of women suffer from the same condition.

Having sleep apnea can make you up to 15 times more likely to be involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident. So safety precautions with truckers could make the roads safer from everyone using them.

Steve Keppler is the interim executive director for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Keppler urged the FMCSA to implement fatigue management, driver health and wellness programs.

Keppler suggested that they make regulatory changes to minimize driver risk and improve driver alertness, health and performance based on research and science.

Learn more safety reform here.

Read more about HOS reform at the Trucks at Work Blog.

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