Commercial truck drivers must now spend less time behind the wheel, and their idle hours may end-up costing consumers.
New federal regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the Department of Transportation, must be complied with starting July 1.
Truck drivers can now only legally drive up to 70 hours per week, down from 82. Drivers must also spend 34 or more consecutive hours off duty before hitting the road again. The daily-driving limit is now set at 11 hours, after ten consecutive hours off-duty.
While truck drivers are undoubtedly unhappy with these new time constraints, they are not the only ones who may feel the effects. Leaders in the trucking industry warn that less time in the truck means a higher price for consumers in the store.
The new Hours-of-Service Regulations went into effect February 27, 2012, and must be complied with starting July 1.
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