Truck Drivers and Fatigue: Efficacy Studies of the Restart Rules


Cherise Ryers (Editor)

Series: Transportation Issues, Policies and R&D
BISAC: LAW117000

The objective of this book is to examine the efficacy of the new restart rule promulgated as part of the Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule. Under the new restart rule, if commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers choose to use a provision allowing “restart” of the 60- or 70-hour duty-cycle limit, they are required to include at least two nighttime periods (from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m., based on the home terminal time zone if the restart takes place in a time zone that differs from the driver’s home terminal) in their restart breaks to allow sufficient opportunity for sleep recuperation before beginning another duty cycle.

To investigate the efficacy of this new rule, a naturalistic field study was conducted (before the compliance date) to assess fatigue in drivers working their normal schedules and performing their normal duties. During this study, researchers performed a comparison of driver fatigue between duty cycles preceded by a restart break with only one nighttime period versus duty cycles preceded by a restart break with two or more nighttime periods. This book discusses the findings of this study. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Field Study on the Efficacy of the New Restart Provision for Hours of Service
Hans P. A. Van Dongen and Daniel J. Mollicone

Chapter 2. Investigation into Motor Carrier Practices to Achieve Optimal Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Performance: Phase I
Hans P. A. Van Dongen and Gregory Belenky

Chapter 3. Duration of Restart Period Needed to Recycle with Optimal Performance: Phase II
Hans P. A. Van Dongen, Melinda L. Jackson and Gregory Belenky


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