IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF HOURS A TRUCKER CAN WORK?
Yes, truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive per day and per week. These restrictions were put in place in order to keep you and other Tennessee drivers safer by preventing truckers from driving while tired. At Cantrell, Goodge & Associates, we understand that sharing highways with trucks can be scary and that remaining safe is high on your list of priorities.
According to Forbes, the current regulations went into effect in 2013 and limit the number of hours a truck driver can work to 70 per week. Despite the fact that the implementation of these restricted hours were estimated to save numerous lives and hundreds of injuries caused by truck crashes each year, the limited driving time has been met with strong opposition from the trucking industry.
The restricted hours negatively affect productivity some argue, since many of the goods you consume are still transported across the country by truck. The new regulations also mean that a trucker’s workday is limited to 14 hours, with a maximum of 11 hours on the road.
Truckers who exceed these hours of service put you at risk by driving while they are fatigued. If you have ever been on a road trip, you know how exhausting it can be to spend hours and hours behind the wheel. Truckers do that day after day, and they do it in a large vehicle that can be a lot more difficult to handle than your car. For more information on factors that contribute to truck crashes, please visit our web page.