Australia proposes work-rest rules for drivers
The Australians have been leading the way to replace current hours-of-service regulations (created in the early 1900s) with rules more suited to the 24/7 world, according to Circadian Technologies, Inc. The U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada are carefully monitoring Australia's progress, because, like Australia, both countries face high driver non-compliance rates, industry resistance to regulatory reform, and scientific data showing that existing regulations do little to prevent fatigue-related crashes.
A number of trucking companies in the U.S. are conducting risk assessments to allow truck managers and dispatchers to build work schedules according to their areas of greatest risk, according to Dr. Martin Moore-Ede of CTI. Assessments could allow for creative approaches to reduce dependence on inflexible hours-of-service regulations.