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How will trucker rest rule suspension affect roadway safety in UT?

May 14, 2013 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

Utah drivers may face a higher risk of truck crashes involving fatigue due to the suspension of a rule requiring weekly overnight rest periods for truckers. At the end of 2014, federal legislation suspended one of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours-of-service regulations. The suspended rule limited the total weekly hours that truckers could work while mandating nighttime rest periods. The suspension is effective until September 2015, pending the results of a safety study. Unfortunately, even if this change proves temporary, it could leave Provo drivers facing a high risk of truck accidents involving driver error and fatigue. Overview of rule suspension The rule that was suspended established rest requirements for truckers during their 34-hour restart periods between workweeks. Truckers had to include two periods of rest spanning from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. in each restart period. This essentially limited drivers to working 70-hour weeks, according to Bloom

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