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Insurance Survey Finds Opposition To Longer Hours

September 29, 1998

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Oct. 1 – Most Americans oppose allowing truck drivers to work longer hours, according to a survey sponsored by the Insurance Research Council.
The survey says 81% of the public think it would be unsafe to permit truck drivers to increase the hours they can drive at one stretch to 14 hours from the current 10-hour limit. In addition, 82% didn’t want truckers to be able to drive 100 hours over an eight-day period instead of the current 70, and 84% opposed the idea of easing driving time restrictions for truckers or trucking companies with safe driving records.
The survey was conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide, which did in-home interviews with 2,094 U.S. residents.
Officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation previously have said that changes to hours of service will be based on science, not opinion.

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