Driver fatigue on safety list

| June 27, 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced its new list of the most critical transportation issues that need to be addressed to improve safety and save lives, including driver fatigue.

The new “Most Wanted List” highlights 10 safety issues that impact transportation nationwide. “NTSB began issuing an annual “Most Wanted List” in 1990, and the latest list is the first one produced under a revised format developed by the agency over the past several months to modernize and streamline the list.

Among this year’s list are address human fatigue, require safety management systems and require image and onboard data recorders.

“I was pleased to see the board and ATA share some of the same views on ways to make highways safer for all motorists,” said Bill Graves, American Trucking Associations president and chief executive officer.

“ATA shares many of the observations on driver fatigue,” Graves said. “Hours-of-service regulations must be science-based, and hours-of-service regulations alone – though necessary – are an insufficient solution.”

Graves said ATA long has called for more effective measures to address driver fatigue, such as development of fatigue management plans and driver sleep disorder screening programs. “Most recently, ATA members adopted a policy supporting a federal mandate of electronic logging devices to monitor hours of service for truck drivers,” he says. “NTSB has long supported such devices to ensure compliance with federal hours-of-service regulations.”

  • lawrence lamson

    ya cuz these new regs dont let us get any breaks throughout the day once u drop that line thats it…u either drive it r loose valuable time heck even a simple meal break dont stop it anymore.what happen to the study part about ur bio clock and that enery dip u tend 2 get after a meal?before u can mark 2 hours off freeze the time so u can eat and take a power nap 2 overcome that dip in energy now we have 2 often resort 2 unhealthy enery drinks and pills 2 help us pull thru.its already bad enuff that piolet took out a decent restraunt and outsource 2 this unhealthy high priced denny’s which taste just like fancy fast food.we have very little choice in healthy eating out there i wish someone would push some buttons on this situation.another thing is parking…they’re quick 2 reduce our driving time but what r they gunna do about park’n?!some states r getting strict on ramp park’n which is our last resort wen truck stops r full and rest areas plus weigh stations suppose 2 b our safe havens but many put up guards wen closed.

  • Mike Anderson

    I agree with LL above.Not being able to stop clock makes me drive tired a lot.I don’t drive tired so I adjust my log book.Most drivers loose about 20 to 25% of their income.I did a dri run with our company and found out the same.We can no longer stop outside of Chicago to wait for traffic to clear before going in.Also if you have an A.M. delivery and the customer has no place to park,you are forced to park in suburbs at nite and go in in A.M..This also starts clock.Our company will have to make major changes.This will hurt small trucking companies.How about being in Dallas at sundown?You cant stop and wait for sun to go down before moving on without effecting your 14hrs.I can adapt to whatever they throw at me.Just dont complain about the increased costs to the customers.

  • Dave Johnston

    It’s typical gov’t intervention. they don’t give a crap about the driver, they just dream this stuff up to justify their jobs. Anyone with 1/2 a brain knows if you shorten our drive time, the parking issue we have NOW will only worsen.
    But, again, they don’t care. They go home at night and park in their garages and dont worry about it. Start restricting the car parking and see what happens.
    This is just another “big brother” idea by some pinhead in DC.

  • Raymond Johnson

    I believe that the large trucking companies are behind all these foolish and harmful hours of service regs,along with the feds,because neither of them want owner-operaters and independent truckers around because they know they will never be able to compete with their service.They know that their H.O.S.regs makes the highways more dangerous for every one by forcing way too many drivers to drive longer at one time than they feel comfortable driveing. The EOBR spy equipment is another way for taking our rights away. Will do a lot more to hurt the economy and the truckers than it will ever do for safety. And of course the ATA members believe it will increase their bottom line. I believe electronic on board recorders are unconstitutional. Any real american will oppose EOBR’s.

  • Denise

    Blame it on the trucking companies who have no regard for safety. There are so many that the FMCSA have no choice. Most trucking companies do not get into complaince until they get that audit notice and then it way too late – Get it together in the begining when you first open your companies and there would be alot less worry about audit time and safety strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.