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New trucking rules put on the back-burner by DOT

In regards to the trucking industry, increased sleep apnea testing and mandatory speed limiters were both being considered by the Department of Transportation last year. However, the DOT has indicated that it will not continue to pursue rule making on those two issues. This information might be of interest to Missouri drivers as both issues can become factors that lead to traffic accidents.

The rule making on the required use of speed limiters in trucks was delayed. It was moved from the agenda of rules actively being considered by the department and placed on the long-term agenda. The DOT did not indicate when the rule making for speed limiters would be once again considered.

Similarly, the proposal for required obstructive sleep apnea testing during the medical certification process was withdrawn completely. The rule was in connection with sleep apnea screening for truck operators, and the DOT did not provide any information whether the rule making on the testing would be considered at a later date.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had previously provided guidance to the DOT for which drivers should be tested. However, the DOT explained that the FMCSA had not found enough evidence to support continuing with the rule making for this type of testing. Sleep apnea results in a variety of health issues that could possibly lead to a truck accident.

Victims of trucking accidents might choose to seek compensation for damages. They might find the guidance of a lawyer valuable during the process. A lawyer could provide information about the types of compensation they can seek, help them fill out their paperwork, file their claims and represent them in negotiations with the driver's insurance company.

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