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New Federal Regulations Upset Trucking Industry

Posted on Jul 3 , 2013
In efforts to reduce the amount of trucking accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation took a hard look at one of the most common causes of trucking accidents: fatigue. As a result, new federal rules were created that shorten the number of hours worked during the week to force truckers to get more sleep. But these regulations are infringing upon their “livelihood” according to truckers. The Department of Transportation is now mandating that 82 hour workweeks be shortened to 72 and the new rules include longer breaks. Although these changes sound palatable to the general public, those in the industry are claiming that the changes directly impact the amount of money they make weekly. Additionally, comments from industry employees include sentiments about “too much government involvement” and to stop fixing “what isn’t broken.” The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to assert the new regulations despite claims from the trucking industry that they will negatively impact businesses and consumers. Source: http://politix.topix.com/news/6789-trucking-industry-balks-at-new-federal-regulations

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