Safety Matters

driver restart study safety performance of truck driversPennsylvania Rep. Elmer “Bud” Shuster sponsored H.R. 3419: Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, which was signed into law by the President on December 9, 1999. Among other things, the bill established a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The mission of the FMCSA is to improve and safeguard safety regulations and protocols for the commercial trucking industry that reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities in our nation’s transit infrastructure.

Commercial Transit Industry Shares The Road

Across the country, large trucks share the road with all manner of passenger vehicles every day. One result of this is that improved safety of commercial motor vehicles and their industry safety practices is an issue of national importance and public safety.

Some of the most vital areas of concentration that are important to implementing, monitoring and achieving successful safety protocols and regulations include:

  • Accident Statistics
  • Commercial Trucking Company Safety Records
  • Commercial Trucking Equipment Safety
  • Commercial Driver Training Programs and Safety Protocols
  • Commercial Trucking Company and Driver On Shift Monitoring For Safety Compliance
  • State and Federal Laws And Regulations For The Commercial Trucking Industry

New Focus On The Safety Performance Of Commercial Truck Drivers

In 2015, the FMCSA launched a new study at the behest of Congress. The Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driver Restart Study is intended to study the impact of nighttime rest periods on driver fatigue and safety performance of commercial truck drivers.

Some of the methods being utilized in the study include:

  • Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) which will track the drivers’ time on duty.
  • The Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) which measures a driver’s level of alertness.
  • Actigraph watches which monitor the wearer’s sleep.
  • Onboard monitoring systems and/or cameras that record or measure SCEs and driver  alertness.
  • The Karolinska Sleepiness Scale (KSS) used to measure drivers’ self-assessment of sleepiness.

We are proud to offer this site as an information resource to motorists and victims of roadway accidents. It is our mission to promote roadway safety, while holding the trucking industry accountable for constantly improving safety protocols and better compliance with safety regulations.