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Explaining truck driver hours-of-service rules

Truck drivers are the backbone of the American economy. The more trucks you see on the roads, the better the economy is performing. More and more trucks on the roads creates a problem for other drivers. These trucks are large, difficult to stop and carry heavy loads. Today, we will explain the hours-of-service rule that truck drivers must follow.

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The trucking industry is regulated by the Department of Transportation. More specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the trucking industry and the rules that truck drivers must follow when on the roads. The hours-of-service rules that are in place today took effect back on July 1, 2013. The rules were announced in December of 2011 and trucking companies had 18 months so they could implement changes needed to meet the new rules.

The biggest rule change deals with truck drivers and their workweek. The total number of hours a driver can work during the week was reduced to 70 from 82. Only the most extreme cases were affected by this change and some 85 percent of truck drivers would not see any changes with the new rules.

The new rules allow drivers who reach the 70-hour limit to resume their work week if they rest for 34 consecutive hours. The new rules also require all truck drivers to take a break of 30 minutes within their first eight hours behind the wheel of the truck. Drivers are still limited to driving for no more than 11 hours each day and cannot work for more than 14 hours each day.

Have you been injured in an accident with a truck in Montgomery County? An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine how you can recover compensation for your injuries and for damages to your vehicle.

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