The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration is examining the potential need for requiring truck drivers to undergo evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea.
So far, the FMCSA has done little to show that sleep apnea has caused a major safety problem within the trucking industry.
In the FMCSA’s and Federal Railroad Administration’s joint advance notice of proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 10, the Department of Transportation provides only one instance of a tractor-trailer crash involving sleep apnea.
And that wreck occurred almost 16 years ago. In addition, there is no way to prove sleep apnea was the cause.