The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers or REST Act was first introduced by the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee in March 2018. It provides truck drivers with the right to take one rest break per shift for up to three consecutive hours. Let us take a closer look at what the REST Act means for truckers and other motorists.
Further Details on the REST Act
Under the REST Act, truckers will be permitted to take one rest break per shift for up to three hours. It is important to understand that this off-duty period would not be included in their 14 hour duty allowance. It also would not extend their allowable drive limits.
Truck drivers will still be required to log 10 consecutive hours off duty prior to starting their next work shift. However, the 30 minute rest break rule will no longer be valid. With the REST Act, highway safety will hopefully be improved and truckers will enjoy more flexibility.
According to the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee, highway safety has not improved with the current hours of service requirements. In fact, the number of truck accidents that have occurred since these requirements were first introduced has increased.
By enforcing the REST Act, truck drivers would get up to three hours to take a break and be able to relax any time they feel they should. This will allow them to avoid driving during poor weather and other dangerous road conditions.
How Truck Drivers Feel About the REST Act
Some truckers are disappointed about the REST Act because they do not want to adhere to more rules and regulations. Other truck drivers, however, are excited because they believe it will provide them with freedom and flexibility and give them the opportunity to improve highway safety.
Even if truck drivers do not agree with the REST Act, they are still legally obligated to follow it. If you sustain an injury in an accident that was caused by a truck driver who did not take a break during their shift, you may be able to hold him or her accountable and collect compensation for your damages.
Contact Our Will County Truck Driver Lawyers
Although all truck drivers must follow the REST Act, there are sure to be several that simply do not. If you are hurt in an accident that was the result of a trucker who failed to take a rest break during their shift, they may be responsible for your damages. Call our experienced Joliet truck driver lawyers today at 815-726-9200 to learn about your legal options.