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Is there a relationship between truck driver pay and the rate of truck accidents?

To reduce the number of injuries and fatalities related to truck accidents the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) started to study the possible unintended safety consequences of the various methods by which truck drivers are compensated.

The agency issued a Notice and request for comments that can be downloaded here.

Truck drivers are usually paid by the mile and are usually not paid for time waiting to load and unload. This type of compensation may push drivers to unsafe practices in order to make a living.

A provision included in the pending Obama administration highway bill is requiring that truck drivers be compensated for the waiting period.

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