DOT Surveying Truckers on Personal Vehicle Commute Times

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to survey drivers about the time they spend commuting in their personal vehicles, seeking to determine how often truckers' commutes to their driving jobs exceed 2.5 hours. The agency also says it intends to study the ramifications of "excessive commuting on safety and driver fatigue" after the survey's completion. The FMCSA is waiting on approval from the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and once approved, the agency hopes to have at least 500 drivers complete the study. The agency will seek feedback on drivers' work history, commuting times, transportation mode, drivers' schedules, rest periods and breaks, annual miles driven, and demographic information. In its request to the OMB to proceed with the study, FMCSA says long commutes can "compromise off-duty time" and "lead to excessive fatigue while on duty, creating safety concerns." Long commutes can also adversely impact drivers' health, the agency contends. FMCSA is accepting public feedback on its request for the commuting survey until Jan. 26, accessible through this link.

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