In a move to keep driver’s on the road longer, the FMCSA kept a provision in the Hours of Service Regulations for Drivers that will allow companies to force them to be on the road 11 hours at a time and the 34 hour restart. These rules have been successfully challenged in court in the past, so it is ironic that the FMCSA would reissue the rules without change a second time. While the regulation will favor trucking companies that can keep their driver’s on the road longer, it does nothing to protect drivers from a 11 hour workday. Let’s face it. The trucking industry runs one of the last "legal" sweatshops in America.

I have previously written about how fatigue at the end of the day makes wrecks more likely. This regulation will only exacerbate the dangers from tired, exhausted, and fatigued truck drivers.