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If the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has its requests granted, commercial drivers in Missouri and elsewhere may be operating under more-lenient rules. OOIDA has asked that drivers be able to pause their 14-hour daily clock for up to three hours. The trucker advocacy group has also asked that the required 30-minute rest break be eliminated in favor of the three-hour pause. However, the petition would still require drivers to rest for 10 consecutive hours between shifts.
In November 2017, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association asked for a five-year exemption to electronic logging rules for small transportation trucking companies. While this may provide relief for some Missouri truckers, it could essentially gut the rule entirely. That was the opinion expressed in a Feb. 1 press release written by the Alliance for Driver Safety and Security and the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Driving around large trucks can be intimidating for many Missouri drivers. There are over 2 million large semi-trucks on the road across the United States, and drivers who are sharing the road with semis can use driving strategies to make an accident less likely.
On Dec. 18, a federal mandate designed to more accurately log and monitor truck drivers is scheduled to go into effect nationwide. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, new Electronic Logging Devices will help keep fatigued truckers off the roadway, potentially preventing hundreds of crashes each year. However, at least one trade organization official claims that the ELDs are a violation of privacy that could compromise driver safety in Missouri and across the country.
Truck drivers in Missouri have to deal with changing road conditions all the time. They use their knowledge of their vehicle and proper driving strategies to mitigate situations that could send their big rigs out of control. Jackknife accidents are a common occurrence on highways, and they often result from wet and slick roads or empty trailer loads.
Because sleep apnea causes higher risks of trucking accidents in Missouri and around the country, the Department of Transportation worked on a sleep apnea rule throughout 2016. With the new administration's anti-regulatory approach, however, the DOT announced in August that it was withdrawing the rule. Democrats in both the House and Senate have reacted by proposing bills that would force the DOT to act.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5,000 road users are killed around the country each year in truck accidents. Missouri media outlets often cover these accidents when many lives have been lost and distracted, tired or intoxicated truck drivers have been blamed, but the data suggests that it is passenger vehicle drivers who are more likely to be responsible. The DOT data reveals that about 70 percent of the crashes involving large trucks each year are caused by reckless or negligent car drivers.