March 12, 2014
Truckers and bus drivers can drive longer -- but they have to rest more between shifts. Those are reportedly the new changes to the federal rules governing such drivers, the first such changes since 1939.
A trucking industry official says the new rules will let drivers spend up to eleven straight hours behind the wheel, a one-hour increase from the current level.
But they'll also have to take off at least 10 hours between shifts -- two hours more than the current amount. A former head of the American Trucking Association says the industry supports the changes.
It had earlier opposed requiring breaks during the driving shifts, saying such breaks are already built in because truckers have to eat and go to the bathroom.
The new rules are part of an effort by the government to cut down on accidents caused by tired drivers.