A data collection effort by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.
Tiffany Deering does not fit the gruff, CB radio-wielding, macho-man stereotype of a trucker. The 28-year-old brunette from Delaware has driven a heavy-duty truck with a 53-foot trailer for just more than a year now. She travels cross-country with her husband, John, delivering freight for Werner Enterprises. The duo, both military veterans, take turns driving 12-hour shifts, enabling the truck to legally move up to 24 hours a day.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OIDA) has filed a petition with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) coming electronic logging device mandate, unveiled last week and set to take effect in late 2017.
Electronic logging devices are set to be required in trucks come late 2017.The brief, one-paragraph document was filed Friday, Dec. 11, one day after the FMCSA announced the rule and released its text.
Almost all the goods we buy spend time in a truck before they get to us. And since store shelves are full and sales are strong, you might assume that the trucking industry's doing great. But trucking companies say they are critically short of drivers — and many truckers say they're really just short of pay.