New regulations force truck drivers to get more rest

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Updated: 7/01/2013 8:02 pm

New regulations are putting the brakes on trucking companies. Beginning Monday, trucker's hours will be reduced from 82 hours behind the wheel in a seven-day period to 70 hours.

In 2011, 273,000 crashes involving large trucks occured, more than 3,000 of those were fatal.

Under the new rules, when a driver reaches the max, he or she must stop and rest for at least 34 hours. That rest must include two nights off from 1 a.m to 5 a.m.

The measure is intended to reduce driver fatigue but some truckers believe this will hinder their schedules even more.

"My problem is of the day, once you start your clock, you have 14 hours to finish you day; to do whatever it is you have to do, no matter how long it is," said trucker Richard Mintz. "And if you have to sit in the dock for eight hours and I have four hours to drive, and if I'm worn out then I have to drive as far as I can, with limits."

"It's going to mess up everybody's sleep habits. The way they sleep and if you start driving for ten hours and they want to shut you down, then you have to shut down," said Vander White, owner of White's Transport in Alabama. "It doesn't matter if it's two in the morning or midnight."

In addition, the new regulations require drivers to take atleast a 30-minute break within their first eight hours of their shift.

Truckers still can't be in drive for more than 11 horus in a single day.

The rules will only affect about 15% of truckers-those running the longest routes.

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