Revoking Truckers’ Rest Breaks Could Jeopardize Motorists’ Safety

January 11, 2016 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

According to a Los Angeles Daily News report by James P. Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Trucking Associations is attempting to strip truckers’ of their meal and rest breaks.

In California, Hoffa says truck drivers are entitled to a 10-minute rest break every four hours, and a 30-minute meal break after working five consecutive hours — rules that were enacted nearly a century ago. The Teamster chief believes that stripping commercial vehicle operators of this downtime could have an impact on highway safety, especially in Southern California, where a broad network of freeways gives way to an area ripe for tractor-trailer-related accidents.

Hoffa says the Teamsters are concerned with the attempts that have been made to dissolve state rest-break laws meant to protect truckers’ working conditions and urges elected officials to ensure that this does not happen.


Subscribe to our mailing lists

Choose one or more topics: