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Trucking regulations don’t just come at the federal level. There are also various state regulations that can apply to truck companies that operate here in California. What state rules applied to a truck company involved in a California truck accident can have major ramifications in legal actions brought by victims of the crash. It is among the things that can impact whether any such regulations were violated leading up to the accident. This, in turn, could have impacts regarding liability.

What state regulations apply to truck companies that operate here in California also has the potential to have safety implications.

Some recent federal legislation, if passed, could make a significant change regarding what truck companies one particular set of California regulations would apply to.

The state regulations in question regard meal and rest breaks. These rules require more frequent breaks for truck drivers than federal regulations. The proposed federal legislation would allow federal rules to exempt interstate truck drivers that are with companies that operate in other states along with California from the stricter trucker break requirements set by California rules.

There is much debate over what effects this legislation would have on how safe things are on California’s roads.

Opponents of the bill worry that exempting interstate truckers from the state rest break rules could create an increased risk of drowsy driving truck crashes in the state.

Some proponents of the bill, on the other hand, argue that giving interstate truckers a more uniform set of rest break rules to follow through exempting them from state rules could actually help improve truck driver safety.

What safety impacts do you think this bill, if passed, would have on out on California’s roads.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Some California truck drivers may not be allowed to rest as often if this federal bill becomes law,” Meg Bernhard, Aug. 14, 2017

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