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Task force says sleep apnea is serious threat to truck drivers

A task force of medical professionals is calling for better screening procedures for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among drivers of commercial trucks and busses. The sleep disorder, which is characterized by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep, can cause extreme drowsiness and fatigue in waking hours and is known to be prevalent among commercial drivers. In 2002, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the American Trucking Associations sponsored a study that found nearly one in three commercial truck drivers suffered from mild to severe OSA. In addition to sleeplessness and fatigue, the condition can cause acid reflux and other ... Read More

FMCSA submits formal anti-texting rules to strengthen commercial ban

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has quickened its pace in establishing new rules that would explicitly ban commercial truck and bus drivers from texting and restrict the use of cell phones in general. The FMCSA is expected to submit its proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget for review today, Monday, March 8. In January, the Department of Transportation announced that existing federal regulations would be enforced against most interstate commercial truck and bus drivers who text while driving, effective immediately, but that existing regulatory guidance “is not a substitute for a formal notice-and-comment texting ban.” ... Read More