Driver fatigue is a serious concern of the trucking industry, where economic pressures and the scarcity of drivers has brought the fatigue problem to the forefront. Steps to ease the problem are under way in the trucking industry and the regulatory and technological arenas. This article describes those steps, reporting that tired drivers are the industry's top safety issue. Viewed as part of the problem, the United States Department of Transportation's hours-of-service regulations are called antiquated and many drivers admit to violating regulations and doctoring log books. The Federal Highway Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are conducting studies on devices to monitor and identify tired drivers. In addition, the public is getting involved as well by supporting legislation that heavily fines truck drivers that violate regulations. A sidebar describes one trucking company's approach to safe truck operation.


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 14-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713731
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1995 12:00AM