Congress is poised to suspend trucker safety regulations as part of an
end-of-year budget deal, despite the increase in public demand for such
regulations prompted by the tragic crash involving comedian Tracy Morgan
and a Walmart truck whose driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.
The provisions at risk exist to ensure truck drivers get enough rest, by
requiring two overnight rest periods between trucker work weeks, and curtailing
practices that allowed up to 82 hours of work a week. Corporate trucking
and shipping interests are also pushing for significant truck weight increases
in several states; forcing 39 states to allow longer trailer lengths of
33 feet on streets and highways to benefit FedEx and other trucking companies.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he strongly opposes the
industry-backed proposal. His concerns for the safety of truck drivers
and other road users are echoed by leaders of the nation's public
health and safety, labor, environment and consumer groups, as well as
victims and survivors of truck crashes, who are together urging Congressional
leaders involved in the negotiations of the funding bill to reject anti-safety
provisions from being included.
Large vehicles such as semi-trucks are inherently dangerous due to their
size and weight, and as such need to be regulated in a way that puts responsibility
on trucking companies to ensure their drivers are well rested, properly
trained and adequately paid.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a
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