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Sleep apnea rule discarded

Motorists in West Virginia and other parts of the country might be waiting to find out whether truckers will ever be tested for sleep apnea. The Department of Transportation decided to discard the proposed requirement in June. This decision will affect truck drivers who might have been tested for the affliction due to factors that influence their health such as age, BMI, and blood pressure. Instead of waiting to find out who would pay for medical tests and certifications that would allow them to continue working, truckers will not have to be tested at this point.

Another rule that has been under consideration is the speed limiter rule. The trucking industry has not been in favor of it, and the DOT has not decided whether the rule would be implemented. Rather, it has put the rule with others that will be considered in the long term.

The speed limiter rule, which was proposed in September by the DOT, would have capped the speed limit for heavy duty trucks at as low as 60 mph. Although this rule was proposed by the DOT, it was expected that when President Trump came into office that he would not actively move forward with speed limiter regulations due to his campaign promises to roll back regulations in general.

The main purpose of the sleep apnea regulation was to hopefully cut down on the number of accidents that are caused by truck driver fatigue. A person who nods off behind the wheel of a semi truck can cause considerable damage to occupants of other vehicles who are involved in a resulting collision. People who have been harmed in such an accident may want to have legal assistance when they are seeking compensation for their losses.

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