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Split sleeper study
With literally thousands of professional truck drivers from coast to coast clamoring for relief from the current Hours of Service sleeper berth provi
sion, the American Trucking Associations and the Minne
sota Trucking Association have jointly petitioned the FMCSA to conduct a pilot program to study the safety benets and impacts of increased exibility in the use of sleeper berth breaks.
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Truckers Peter Holland and Fred Robatcek have delivered everything from food to trans
formers … and now they can add a 10-pound, 4-ounce baby boy to that list.
It will have been ve years ago March 4 that Jason Rivenburg, a New York truck driver, was murdered while on a trip to make deliveries in Virginia and South Carolina.His story epitomizes the problems that truck
ers face each day: the inability to nd safe park
ing and the refusal of many shippers/receivers to let drivers park at their locations when they arrive early or run out of hours while making a pick-up or delivery.And the issues he encountered that night are brought to light in a recently-released survey spearheaded by Rivenburg’s wife Hope, who has fought ceaselessly since Rivenburg’s death to come up with a solution to the lack of avail
able truck parking and whose effort and the ef
forts of several members of Congress resulted in a mandate in MAP-21 to the Federal Highway Administration to study the problem.Section 1401 of MAP-21 is known simply as Jason’s Law.A spokesperson for the Federal Highway Ad
ministration said the agency was accepting com
ments on the study through Jan. 9 and that those comments would be forwarded to the Ofce of Management and Budget.On that fateful night in 2009, Rivenburg dropped a load in Virginia and headed to his second delivery in South Carolina.He was only 12 miles from his destina
tion and running ahead of schedule, but trucks were not allowed to park at the delivery site, so Rivenburg needed to nd a safe place to park and wait.But the only place he could nd was an aban
doned gas station that he’d heard through the grapevine was safe.Police said sometime that night, Willie Pel
zer, then 22 and who was on parole on charges of grand larceny, stalked and ambushed Riven
burg while seeking money for drugs. He stole $7 from the trucker. Pelzer was later arrested and has been sen
tenced to life without possibility of parole.Almost 4,000 drivers participated in Hope Riven
burg’s survey and accompanying focus groups.
Survey spearheaded by trucker’s widow shows lack of safe parking creates fatigue, dangerous situations
necessarily drawing any statistically signicant conclusions, the survey certainly paints an accurate picture of the situations drivers nd themselves facing day after day, week after week.