CVSA fatigue management program unveiled for truck drivers and fleets

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is now home to a new North American fatigue management program, offering a training tool to help combat truck driver fatigue.

Established under a mandate from the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the program was developed by three teams of medical and sleep scientists from Canada and the U.S.

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Accessed through, the training is designed to educate truck drivers as well as their families, carrier executives and managers, shippers and receivers, and dispatchers.

Topics in the 10 training modules range from screening and treating sleep disorders, to trip scheduling, and fatigue management technologies. And the program was evaluated by fleets and drivers in Alberta and Quebec.

The online training is designed to build a safety culture, identify sleep disorders and treatment options, and addresses fatigue management technologies, CVSA said. More support to come will include moderated forums, information sessions, and webinars.

“This program has the potential to reduce fatigue-related risks, improve driver alertness, health and wellness, increase productivity, and decrease crashes and roadway fatalities,” said CVSA president John Broers, a captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

“The online training and educational courses available through this program are free, voluntary, self-paced and available 24/7. We encourage all drivers and motor carriers to utilize these online tools.”

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  • Eliminate the 36hr reset and ull attract more long haul drivers. I stay provincial to avoid that bad rule, expecting a guy to sit in a lot for that long and no pay.

    There shouldn’t be fatigue with 10hr off duty and 36hr reset.

    • If you don’t know why we have 36 hour resets and ten hour breaks, you haven’t been in the trucking industry for very long!

  • The 36 hours reset is welcome after you have been on the road for 70 hours of being either on duty driving with a on duty not driving while being on long haul driving it also mean you might have to shut down before the end of your long haul trip so 36 hours off even off duty in a parking lot in a truck stop is good and at least you are ready to finish that assignment and in a descent shape.
    The US driving hours are a lot better than the one in Canada .

  • You took sleep management away when you put a window in our day to get things done ! I use to stop for a quick sleep during the day but not anymore!

  • How about doing something with the cars and vans and pickups that drive like a bat out of hell and playing with their cell phones while driving instead of messing with us truck drivers people have lost all common sense when they get behind the wheel

  • How about punishing these warehouses for holding drivers for 3,5,7,9,12,15 hours. And then expecting drivers to be rested and ready to do their job when they are stressing about delivery times, pick up times, rush hour, weather, or good god how about some god damn real food beside that s–t sandwich fast food so we aren’t always worried about if we are going to blow the seat of our pants out from explosive convulsive s–ts. This has very minimal to do with the actual drivers and more to do with the whole industry including the FMCSA AND CVSA.

  • I’m sure glad the government knows better than the drivers have been out here for years out here for years a little Box to tell me when to sleep and when to get up when to drive when I don’t want to drive makes a lot of sense more rules and regulations to push more drivers out of the drivers seat….. fmcsa is a joke….Hate politicians that doesn’t know what they’re talking about making rules and regulations some of these people are not even elected they’re making the rules now there want 18 year olds out here driving …..come on man