As previous posts have highlighted, federal trucking regulations have been passed to address safety concerns regarding large trucks that travel on roadways in Iowa and states across the nation. Additionally, these regulations provide mechanisms to ensure that trucking companies and truck drivers comply with certain safety standards. Even though the violation of these rules could subject the driver and company to fines and other penalties, certain rules get violated frequently, causing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to consider ways to better enforce these rules.
The hours of service rule a critical safety rule. Despite that, the FMCSA maintains that the "30 minute rule" included in the federal hours-of-service rules is frequently violated. This rule provides that a commercial truck driver must take a 30 minute break after driving for eight consecutive hours. The FMCSA reported that this rule is the fourth most frequently violated rule out of the 40 different types of driver violations that it tracks.