The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that it will move forward with a field study with respect to the impact of split rest times for truckers who use sleeper births. The announcement was made subsequent to a proposed pilot program provided to the FMCSA by the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA).
Currently, the requirements are that drivers must take at least eight straight hours in their sleeper, plus separate consecutive 2-hours in the sleeper, off duty or any combination of the two. Critics of the current rule contend that the rule is not conducive for sleeper-berth drivers because they have developed sleeping habits which are much different than the traditional 24-hour asleep/awake period for most workers. Rather, a split time would be more appropriate for these drivers and would allow the driver to get the rest when he/she needs it.
The FMCSA is currently in the planning phase of this field study with the timing of completion uncertain at this time. Stay tuned for more Schneider Downs Insights.
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