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    Just curious what the various regulations are around the World on the maximum hours per day a driver can actually drive a truck. Maybe we should run a poll on it. In Australia for example, given the long distances involved, driver fatigue has become a hot topic and legislation is being put in place to make company directors responsible if accidents occur because of drivers being pushed into long hours :-)
    Supply Chain what?

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    I wonder if there is a website that might list these?
    Ain't nothing like playing around with trucks n sheds!

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      Have not managed to find one yet. They are getting really hot on this in Australia now. How about other countries?
      Supply Chain what?

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        Honestly, I think this concern over drivers hours is a load of Bull. People should be allowed to work as hard as they like for as long as they like.

        Countries that impose these types of restrictions are just making their industries less competitive on a global scale!

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          Originally posted by OB1 View Post
          Honestly, I think this concern over drivers hours is a load of Bull. People should be allowed to work as hard as they like for as long as they like.

          Countries that impose these types of restrictions are just making their industries less competitive on a global scale!
          OB,

          There are other ways of making the industry competitive without putting peoples lives at risk, the law was introduced to provide a Duty of Care to the individual and to the general public, too often had we heard of people hurt or killed by tired lorry drivers..

          Only this week a Portuguese driver is on court accused of killing a family of 6 due to reckless driving of his lorry..

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            I agree with both OB1 and SJ. Business in the U.S. is laboring under such Gov't intervention, it's smothering! On the other hand, companies have to be held accountable for putting their employees AND the public at risk. There has to be a happy medium.

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            • #7
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              Are there any laws or legal guidelines on the federal level regarding this? I live in California and can do my own research regarding that but I can't seem to find anything federal on this topic. Perhaps there are some bills that are being reviewed regarding driver hours.

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                Originally posted by OB1 View Post
                Honestly, I think this concern over drivers hours is a load of Bull. People should be allowed to work as hard as they like for as long as they like.

                Countries that impose these types of restrictions are just making their industries less competitive on a global scale!
                The problem is: when the federal government doesn't have any regulation about driving hours, logistics companies will pressure drivers to overwork. Not only extended hours of driving can cause accidents, but also some of the drivers may try to stay awake taking drugs, such as amphetamines.

                This problem has recently arrived in Europe, where a truck driver passing through another country will be subject to its country's laws. For example: a portuguese truck driver passing through France can't sleep is his truck, because the law says he has to at least stay at a motel. It's really complicated when other countries get into the equation.

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                  In the Philippines, there is no restriction on the number of driving hours but, of course, there is an allowance for stop overs and rest. The issue is the truck ban in Metro Manila. Big trucks, those with more than 6 wheels, are not allowed to ply Metro Manila roads during the hours of 6 am up to 9 pm from Mondays to Saturdays. You can observe that at exactly 9 pm, Metro Manila roads is like a race track for trucks, all kinds are there running fast to reach their destination.

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                  • #10
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                    In Poland we don't have any regulations for driving the truck, I guess that you can drive it without any hours limit.

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                    • #11
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                      You mentioned drowsy driving which reminds me of the cases discovered whenever there are accidents on the road involving truck drivers. There were several cases where the drivers were caught using drugs to give them the energy to drive more than 12 hours. It's not an excuse, of course, so truck companies should make a study on how to not abuse their drivers in terms of continuous driving.

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                      • #12
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                        @AutomaticPete, it's really disgusting when an accident occurs because media will be focusing on it and the government will issue pronouncements to that effect. But after some time, nothing concrete comes of it. In the recent marine tragedy where so many died when a boat capsized due to overloading, talks were rife on the changes needed in the industry. That was 3 weeks ago and now there's no more on the issue. So with trucks, there are no laws except the truck ban in the streets of Metro Manila.

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                        • #13
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                          In France, carriers are not allowed to drive the weekend

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