New Road Rules For Big Rigs

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

By: Matt Galka
June 18, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - David Brown probably knows the trucking business better than you. He's been driving a truck for eight years.

Brown's home away from home is getting hit with new nationwide federal regulations for truck drivers starting July 1st. One of the biggest new mandates will require a 30 minute break after 8 hours of driving time. It's enforced by on board computer logs.

"The bottom line, I mean you're sitting and idling, that's 30 minutes of fuel gone, getting home to spend time with your family, I mean that's a bottom line.

"I think the people up here making these laws and rules and stuff they've got no idea because they're not the ones out here doing this. They're sitting up there in the air conditioning all day long," said Brown.

The regulations hope to improve safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show Florida had almost 3300 fatal truck accidents in 2011, third in the country. Georgia had just under 1700.

"Current regulations, the accidents have been decreasing every year for the last five or six years," said Tommy Thomas of the Florida Trucking Association.

Brown said he thinks the new regulations will effect drivers, driving companies and businesses. A failure to comply could result in drivers being taken out of service.

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