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Why has FMCSA considered driver health issues regarding the Hours of Service rule?

FMCSA has a statutory mandate to ensure that “the operation of commercial motor vehicles does not have a deleterious effect on the physical condition of the operators.” Recent research has linked long work hours and the resulting curtailment of sleep to a range of serious health effects, particularly when combined with a job that is basically sedentary, like truck driving. These health conditions – including obesity, high blood pressure, other cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and sleep apnea – not only shorten drivers’ lives, but also can result in substantial ongoing medical costs and put drivers’ medical certifications at risk. CMV drivers suffer from these conditions at a higher rate than the population as a whole.

Last Updated : March 20, 2014