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11-hour driving rule may be altered for truck drivers

Posted by Genie Wood on Thu, Dec 08, 2011 @ 12:22 AM

Truck drivers and insurance groups are hoping that the 11-hour rule that is currently imposed on the trucking industry will change.

Currently, truck drivers are required to drive for 11 hours every day of the week that they are working. Truck drivers are not paid for the amount of hours they work but rather for the amount of miles they drive. As a result of these long days, truck drivers are expected to live 16 years less than the average American.

A safer 10-hour rule has been proposed because the 11-hour rule can be a danger to the public. Every year there are approximately 4,000 fatalities that result from commercial truck accidents.  Although the current rule may increase the profits of the trucking companies, they are clearly a hazard to the truck driver's health.

A final regulation regarding this topic is set to be issued on December 30.

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