Big Rig Collisions May Happen More Often
California highways may be at higher risk of big rig collisions due to a recent ruling made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In a decision announced on December 21, the agency ruled that federal law overruled state laws on when and how truckers work. The decision was in response to a petition by industry to exempt California truck drivers from the rest break and meal rules instituted in the state in 2014 by the Ninth Circuit Court. The court had ruled that truckers should be treated like other employees and be paid for their 30-minute rest and meal breaks and that they could not be on the road driving for more than 11 hours daily.