Today the FMCSA published its study on the hours of operation regulations and the consequent effects it has on drivers. Their study showed that drivers are better drivers after having 2 nights of sleep during the 34 hour restart. Their study showed that drivers that had two nights of sleep, instead of just one, were less likely to experience fatigue at the end of their shift, had a quicker response time behind the wheel and had less time swerving into neighboring lanes. " U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) in a statement called FMCSA’s findings 'worthless' and said the study heightens the need for his House bill, which would at least temporarily revert hours of service rules to pre-July 1 provisions, to become law." OOIDA, on the other hand, also had released its own study in November, which indicated that the Hours of Service requirements make drivers MORE drowsy and that the HOS rules resulted in loss of income and increased stress. And so... the debate continues. Read more here.
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