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

Recently, on May 15, 2009, the US District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a law that requires truckers to have observed drug tests if they have failed or refused to take a test as a condition of employment. I can’t believe that the law was contested. Every member of the armed forces has observed drug

The toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs. Nowhere is this more evident than in the trucking industry where unscrupulous companies often take advantage of drivers, forcing them to work beyond what is safe for both the

The FMCSA has posted video’s of common driver errors on its web site. See: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/education/driverTips/index.htm

More will be said later about each area, but for now know that the video’s show the following: 

Failure to Buckle Up
Too Fast for Conditions
Unfamiliar Roadway
Inadequate Surveillance
Driver Fatigue
Driver Distraction
Following Too Closely
Inadequate Evasive Action

Drivers with obstructive sleep apnea have 2.5 times greater risk of having a highway accident than drivers without sleep apnea as the condition cases driver fatigue (Findley LJ, Unverzagt ME, Suratt PM, Automobile accidents involving patients with obstructive sleep apnea, Am Rev Respir Dis. 1988 Aug; 138(2): 337-40. 1988). The FMCSA Medical Review Board recently recommended that