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Testing begins for new carrier safety scoring system

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to change its hours-of-service rules for commercial truck drivers in California and the rest of the nation. The organization is asking for comments from the public. The proposed changes will expand the air-mile 'short-haul" exemption, extend the on-duty limitation, revise the mandatory break for continuous driving and allow some drivers to split up the on-duty rest break. These proposed changes were posted in the Federal Register on August 23, 2018.

The FMCSA is also asking for comments regarding several safety scoring petitions that have been submitted that seek relief from the current rules. One is to enable covered commercial motor vehicle operators to take one rest break of up to three successive hours for every 14 hours they drive. The other petition is requesting that covered CMV operators be allowed to split up their required break periods instead of taking them all at once.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has applauded the actions taken so far by the FMCSA. The organization's CEO and president stated that they're encouraged that the agency is finally starting to listen to the comments and concerns of drivers in the industry. His statement was published in Land Line magazine. A public listening session was conducted in Dallas on August 24, 2018, so that the FMCSA could gain additional input.

Victims of accidents involving commercial trucks may be eligible for compensation when they work with a Costa Mesa truck accident injury compensation law firm. It's the responsibility of the victim's attorney to examine the circumstances of the case to create an appropriate legal strategy. While it may be possible for someone to obtain compensation, pursuing a lawsuit may not always be in a person's best interests.

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