Lawmakers' move to reduce mandatory trucker rest breaks will lead to more tired drivers on the nation's roads.
Here are the news stories of interest to Teamsters today, March 8, 2017.
With fatalities on the rise, it doesn't make sense to reduce rest breaks even more.
Increasing highway safety requires Congress not to alter HOS, rest break rules.
The Teamsters and highway safety advocates for years have talked about the real problem of fatigued truck drivers on the nation's roadways. But in many ways that message did not register among the public until an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike last year that left actor Tracy Morgan seriously injured and killed fellow comic James McMillan.
At least one U.S. senator vows to follow the public's wishes to keep tired truckers off the road.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine wants the government to allow bigger, heavier trucks and to eliminate the mandatory two days rest for drivers. The Teamsters and allies are doing all they can to prevent that from happening.
Two days after Tracy Morgan was injured by a tired truck driver, Collins slipped an amendment on to a so-called Omnibus bill that got rid of the two-day rest requirement. The Senate may soon pass that bill, and Collins' amendment may still be in it.