Truck News

News

Finnish study reveals Hours-of-Service flaws

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Trucking Association (ATA) is trumpeting a Finnish study revealing that fatigue le...


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Trucking Association (ATA) is trumpeting a Finnish study revealing that fatigue led to less than four per cent of fatal crashes.

The study, which used a database of case study reports on all fatal two-vehicle accidents involving truck drivers in Finland between 1991 and 1997, revealed that 83 per cent of all accidents were caused by non-truck drivers.

Of the 17 per cent of accidents caused by truckers, fatigue played a role in only two to four per cent of the fatalities.

The ATA says the findings show the shortcomings in the current Hours-of-Service regulations. The group is lobbying the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure the findings are considered during the revamping of of the current H-o-S regulations.

“These fatigue-related findings are consistent with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) recent research findings and with statements made by the ATA and others,” says the ATA’s David Osiecki in a letter to the FMCSA. “The large majority of fatal crashes are actually triggered by the actions of other vehicle drivers.”


Truck News

Truck News

Truck News is Canada's leading trucking newspaper - news and information for trucking companies, owner/operators, truck drivers and logistics professionals working in the Canadian trucking industry.
All posts by

Print this page

Related Posts



Have your say:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*