In 2011, California passed a law requiring truck companies to provide their truck driving employees a “duty-free” 30-minute meal break for drivers who worked more than five hours a day, as well as a second “duty-free” 30-minute meal break for drivers who worked more than 10 hours a day.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) just recently on Dec. 21, 2018 announced that California’s meal-and-rest break rules are preempted by federal hours-of-service regulations. The push for this ruling came from the American Trucking Association (ATA), a lobbyist group that represents the interest of trucking companies.
By attacking this regulation, the ATA wants to prevent similar measures from being enacted across other states. Asking for a meal break for truck drivers in not an unreasonable request. As workers, most of us are guaranteed meal breaks due to federal, state, and local labor laws. It’s only fair that truck drivers also have this right.
Not only does this rule create a better working environment for truck drivers, but it ensures safer driving on our highways. Due to the long hours they work, most truck drivers are forced to eat while driving. As their focus shifts off driving, crashes become more likely. An FMCSA study found that distracted driving was the leading factor in crashes. The study found that nearly 80 percent of crashes involved some form of distracted driving in the 3 seconds before the crash.
Distracted truck drivers cause injuries to themselves as well as to those who share the roads with them. When the trucking industry pushes for these types of rulings, they are showing zero concerns for their employees, the truck drivers, who may face life-threatening injuries as a result of these policies.
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