PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
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understands the responsibilities that come with its line of work. Truckers provide their services in exchange for long hours on the road. Some truckers have even become accustomed to driving for countless hours on end. While many truckers do not mind this, there is an attempt by the Department of Transportation to reduce long-term driving.
Idaho Statesman recently published an article
about how the DOT is trying to cut down on the number of fatigued drivers on the road. Their most susceptible targets are truckers who endure long cross-country trips. Even though the Department of Transportation has the safety of the public in mind, some drivers are finding this new law oppressive.
Paul Miller Trucking notes how a lot of truckers have constructed a certain rhythm to their driving. They are used to a specific sleep/drive pattern and are perfectly capable of avoiding exhaustion on the road. However, the Department of Transportation's regulation is now forcing drivers to change their pattern. In fact, some truckers find that this new law is actually causing a higher risk than fatigued drivers. Truckers changing their sleep circulation will find it harder to stay awake on the road because they are so accustomed to their old pattern.
The Department of Transportation's rules are also detrimental to truckers' work hours. A majority of truckers in the United States follow a structured weekly count. Whereas truckers originally worked an average of 82 hours a week, they are now bumped down to 70 hours. The determination for this work schedule is based on a "work reset." The Department of Transportation has also enforced the law that truckers must take a 30 minute break after eight hours of trucking and that they cannot drive more than 11 hours per day.
The Department of Transportation has predicted that these new laws will cause massive changes to statistics around traffic accidents. The regulations are expected to prevent 1,400 truck crashes, 560 injuries, and 19 deaths per years. As mentioned previously, some truckers are finding it an inconvenience to shift their driving schedule. The Department of Transportation believes that their regulations will only affect less than 15 percent of the trucking population.
A Paul Miller Trucking associate was quoted saying, "I understand that the Department of Transportation has the best intentions in mind, but some people are not happy about these new laws. A lot of truckers out there work as freelancers. This means that they are bidding on carrying shipments and make their revenue by each load they haul. If someone has just worked 11 hours and finds a huge, nearby freight, they can't take it because of the Department of Transportation's regulations."
Paul Miller Trucking hopes that these laws will be effective in reducing truck-related driving fatalities.
Paul Miller Trucking
is dedicated to shining above other businesses in its industry. This trucking company provides top quality trucking services around the United States. While the business tends to focus its efforts in the central-eastern parts of the country, its extended corridor expands across the entire mainland United States. Paul Miller Trucking is actively involved with the community. The business contributes to the Make A Wish Foundation and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Foundation. It is also a proud sponsor of National Driver Appreciation Week.