Remember that “Field Study on the Efficacy of the New Restart Provision for Hours of Service” that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released in January? The agency was pushed by Congress via the MAP-21 bill to examine how effective the restart provisions were, now part of the revised HOS rule that became effective on July 1, 2013.
One of its main conclusions was that if truck drivers began their work week with just one nighttime rest period as it was stipulated by the old rules based on the 34-hour restart, they’d be tired and sleepy, and then more accidents are just waiting to happen. FMCSA said to have interviewed some 106 truck drivers, age 24-69.
As a counter-reaction to those finding, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) just released an independent evaluation that slams the “scientific validity” of FMCSA’s report. ATRI is affiliated with the American Trucking Assns. (ATA).
The ATRI’s report states that “researchers reviewed the FMCSA 2014 field study report and identified a variety of technical issues related to the following: 1) research design flaws; 2) validity of measurement techniques and interpretations; and 3) data conflicts within and across the study.”
Read the full story at FleetOwner.