I have many post on the Hours of Service (HOS) issues for professional commercial drivers. I am pleased that the DOT has decided to reconsider the current, ill conceived, hours of service regulation. Truck drivers are generally treated like slave labor by trucking companies. In fact tractor trailers have frequently been referred to as rolling sweat shops. Regulations allowing drivers to drive longer do nothing but increase the chance of fatigued drivers, a factor in at least 1/3 of all commercial vehicle crashes.
The new HOS rule is expected to be issued by August 2011.