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Safety notice, probably worthy of consideration

Got this in e-mail (forwarded, original source is Given how many OTR trucks there are on our highways it's probably worth keeping an extra bit of attention. I'm sure we've all pushed the limits of fatigue, but we're not 10 tons (or more) of potential mayhem, either. Since we're now outside of the original period without complete destruction, maybe it's just overkill/drama, but I'll let youse decide. There's also some loaded language, but you have to consider the source.

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On October 1, a new and dangerous trucking hours-of-service rule went into effect, placing in harm’s way all drivers and passengers on the highways. This rule is very similar to its previous harmful version, which allowed truck drivers to work for more hours than other workers. Even worse, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is delaying enforcement of these rules because it says truck drivers need time to adjust.

For the past year, the FMCSA regulations have allowed truck drivers to drive 11 hours per shift, which is already too long. But now, no one will be holding the drivers accountable if they violate the rule, even though the rule has not changed substantially.

From October 1 until October 24, FMCSA says it is not enforcing the new trucking hours-of-service regulations at all. “FMCSA personnel will not cite or document non-compliance with any provision of the new HOS rule discovered during a compliance review, safety audit or roadside inspection.� This means that trucking companies and shippers can exploit their drivers even more than they do now. Even if a truck driver has driven for well over the 11-hour driving limit or works beyond the 14-hour work day, that driver and the trucking company will not receive any punishment from law enforcement.

From October 25 through December 31, FMCSA is allowing its enforcement personnel and state personnel to choose not to enforce the rules. It’s Enforcement Lite.

More than 5,000 deaths and 100,000 injuries in large truck crashes occur each year. The failure to enforce HOS rules is irresponsible and puts you and your family in serious danger.
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Most of the larger trucking firms have the ability to literally shut the engine off on their trucks via remote control after the legal time period has expired, but the independents keep plugging away, the only way to make a buck.

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