Advocacy Group Seeks Tougher Regulation of Trucks

A study released by two advocacy groups showed that U.S. fatalities from truck accidents have remained consistent at 100 per week from 1999 to 2005. This week, families of truck accident victims are lobbying Congress and the Bush administration to establish stricter rules such as reducing the number of hours truck drivers are allowed to drive without rest and increase the number of safety inspections.

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration four years ago under President Bush in spite of evidence that we had not decreased the number of truck accidents in this country, increased the maximum driving hours to 77 from 60 over 7 consecutive days and to 88 hours from 70 over 8 consecutive days. These safety groups are trying to nudge the President in the opposite direction. Sneak preview of what it to come: it won’t work.

  • JG

    I see a decrease in truck accident RATE when the number of fatalities stays the same over a 5 year period. In 2005 there were more trucks on the road driving more miles than in 2000. All things being equal, one would expect the absolute number of truck accidents to increase. But, in fact, the numbers have remained flat- this means that the accident rate has decreased. Look at it in these terms- Wouldn’t you expect that if there was one truck on the road that there would be less accidents than if there were 1 million trucks on the road?

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