Truckers in US set for more rest, higher fuel costs

You have to wonder whether truckers in the US know what else is heading their way.As 2004 begins, truckers face what Bill Hensel Jr., writing in the Houston Chronicle, has described as "the most sweeping changes in driving rules in 60 years."The changes combat driver fatigue. They limit the time a driver can work to 14 consecutive hr, including time spent loading and unloading, and mandate 10 hr of rest.Under the old rules, a driver could work for 15 consecutive hr, excluding loading and unloading, and had more flexibility about rest time.The American Trucking Association supported the new rules, which try to synchronize work with sleeping cycles.But some truckers and shippers worry that ...

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