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A study taken in 2002 by the University of Pennsylvania and sponsored by The American Transportation Research, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and The Institute of the American Trucking Associations showed that up to 28% of truck drivers may suffer from sleep apnea.
OOIDA Supports Limiting The FMCSA’s Ability To Ramp Up Testing
One of the major problems in commercial transportation, fatigue, could be addressed by a newly introduced congressional bill that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports. OOIDA announced it supports the bill introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., that would require an FMCSA rulemaking and full industry cost analysis for apnea tests, and the American Trucking Associations and International Brotherhood of Teamsters also favor a rule making. Source: Occupational Health and Safety
AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS or ATA thinks that if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to regulate sleep apnea, it is best to go through the established regulatory process instead of through informal guidance, CEO and ATA President Bill Grave said.
If sleep apnea bill is enacted it is best to implement through current medical exam process
Obstructive sleep apnea is regarded as a significant transportation health and safety concern given that it can impact the alertness of truck drivers.
People suffering from sleep apnea frequently have problems with being sleep deprived, restlessness, and disturbed rest periods that may bring on tiredness in the course of the waking hours, helping to make the sleepy commercial truck driver a possible risk to safety when driving.
Even without having laws on hand, the sleep apnea situation has moved into the legal courts. In Dec., a Canadian transportation firm has paid out $3.25 million to a Texas female whose spouse had died soon after their automobile was rear ended, as a result of a semi truck. The trucker had been determined clinically to have sleep apnea, which in fact had not been managed.
Trucking companies can pay huge settlements if driver with sleep apnea crashes
The trucker had been determined clinically to have sleep apnea, which in fact had not been managed.
Proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines state that drivers should be disqualified immediately or denied certification if they have been found to be non-compliant with their CPAP treatment at any point,” the managers of the CareTouch program said.
The Harvard Medical School reports that the crash risk for a person with sleep apnea is 242% greater than a person without the disorder, so diagnosing sleep apnea in commercial truck drivers is just the first step in solving this problem,” said Matthew Dolph, vice president of CareTouch Communications.
Once diagnosed, a driver’s best chance of achieving compliance to therapy is through regular contact. CareTouch uses automated technology and a knowledgeable team of sleep therapy specialists to engage and communicate with drivers. Our goal is to ensure drivers are compliant which we know helps keep them safe on the road. From Trucker to Trucker.com
H.R.3095 is practical sense regulation that’s got the help and support of the total trucking industry.
This fact on it’s own ought to give a substantial signal that whatever FMCSA accomplishes relating to sleep apnea needs to completely take into account the expenses that this kind of policy will transfer to truck drivers, in particular somewhat more seasoned and less risky driver operators.
Schneider National, Inc., has a sleep apnea program for their drivers’ and is one of this countries biggest long hauling commercial carriers, it has a fleet of 15,000 truck drivers.
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Bloomberg reported that H.R. 3095, got unanimous consent and support after the House passed it by a 405-0 vote on Sept. 26, 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) would not be allowed to implement or enforce any regulations on sleep disorders including sleep apnea of commercial truckers that has not been adopted in a rule making procedure under a Senate passed bill that has now been sent to President Obama to sign.
The American Trucking Associations, has said that any rule that would have forced overweight or fat truck drivers to be tested for sleep disorders could cost the trucking industry around $1 billion.