This blog has previously alluded to the fact that many truckers who pass through the New Orleans area are subject to federal hours of service regulations, which are also commonly referred to as the "rest rules."
In an effort to prevent truck driver fatigue, and as their name implies, these rules limit the amount of time a trucker can be making deliveries before he or she must legally pull over and take an extended break.
More specifically, truckers hauling property must take 10 hours off duty after they have been behind the wheel for 11 hours. Because these 11 hours do not include short breaks for things like fueling up or going to the restroom, a separate rule also requires a 10-hour break once a driver has been on the clock for 14 hours, even if he or she was not driving during that entire time.
Weekly limits on hours also apply to truck drivers. Depending on how one is counting, they have to take about a day and a half off for every week or so of full time driving.
While the specifics are slightly different, it is worth noting that those who operate large passenger vehicles like buses are also subject to rest rules.
Not following these rules can land a trucker in to trouble with the federal government and may, in serious cases, mean a trucker will not be allowed to haul goods across state lines. Moreover, if a trucker does not follow these rules and is involved in a truck accident, then the driver's violation may be evidence of the trucker's negligence. If a victim could then prove that fatigued truck driving contributed to the accident, then the victim would then have a better chance at getting compensation for his or her injuries.