Truck Drivers Say 70-Hour Weekly Limit Working

Published 01/30 2014 09:08PM

Updated 01/30 2014 11:29PM

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - How many hours on the road can truck drivers safely complete every week?

Several trucking companies in Arkansas met with federal regulators Wednesday at a closed door meeting in North Little Rock.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration passed a rule in 2013 to limit the drive time amount a truck driver can accumulate weekly to 70 hours.

Drivers KARK spoke with say they like the rule as it stands.

Steven Hennig, a truck driver from Waco, Texas, says he takes a 30 minute break during an 11-hour shift.

"The hours ain't bad," Hennig says.  "I mean, if you don't have that many hours then you can't get the loads as far as they need to go and you can't make the money.  So, I think the hours are good the way they are."

Attempts to reach the Arkansas Trucking Association on results of the meeting were not immediately successful.

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