Safety advocates warn that a Department of Transportation plan to loosen rules over the number of hours a truck driver can work may put other drivers at higher risk on U.S. highways. The Associated Press reports the trucking industry has long fought to see the federal guidelines relaxed, and is now seeing support from the current White House administration.
The plan comes after government statistics released in May showed a 10% rise in fatal accidents involving semitrailers. The data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) shows 4,657 fatal truck-related crashes reported in 2017. Another 344,000 non-fatal injury crashes also occurred. Safety advocates fear that weakening regulations will increase the likelihood of hazards, including driver fatigue.