Changes to trucking safety regulations now require a commercial truck driver to have two rest periods every time he starts a new work cycle. These changes have helped reduce the effect of fatigue among truck drivers. Those are the findings of a new study commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration specifically aimed at establishing the effectiveness of the new regulations.
The change was made last July and required truck drivers to get at least two rest periods at night. These rest periods must occur between the hours of 1 AM and 5 AM. Lawmakers asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a study investigating the effectiveness of the changes. The study was conducted by Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center and confirms that truck drivers who took advantage of two nighttime rest periods were less susceptible to the risk of drowsy driving truck accidents.