Safety Agencies to Consider Rule for Truck Drivers, RR Workers Who Have Sleep Disorders

Does having a sleep disorder pose a danger to the safe operation of a truck or train?

That’s what federal regulators want to know.

In an announcement last Tuesday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration said that they are considering new restrictions on these truck drivers and railroad employees who suffer from sleep apnea. In an advanced notice of public rulemaking, the agencies said they will examine the “prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation.”

The agencies will consider the “potential consequence for safety” and whether these truck and railroad workers should undergo medical evaluation and treatment for their sleep disorders.

Here’s the FMCSA news release announcing the 90-day public input period.



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