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"Safe Rates" - Pay and Safety

To earn a living wage, most truckers drive far beyond the legal and safe number of hours. Highway safety can be improved with the policy changes and economic incentives centered on "safe rates."


“Truck drivers are overtired, overworked and underpaid.” The Conversation. July 25, 2018. Read more

Truck Driver Occupational Safety and Health: 2003 Conference Report and Selective Literature Review. 2007. With Gregory M. Saltzman. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Department of Health and Human Services Publication No. 2007-120. 117 pages.

Panel on the Review of the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) Program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Transportation Research Board, & National Academies of Sciences - Engineering - Medicine. (2017). Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement. Washington: National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-46201-3 | DOI 10.17226/24818. Summer 2017. With Panel members Joel B. Greenhouse, Sharon-Lise Normand (Committee Co-Chairs), Dan Blower, Linda Boyle, Michael Daniels, Don Hedeker, Brenda Lantz, Dan McCaffrey, Brisa Sanchez, Robert Scopatz, and Juned Siddique.


"Building Back Better in Commercial Road Transport: Markets Require Fair Labor Standards"US Department of Transportation: Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Council, July 19, 2021. Download

"Pay Rates and Motor Carrier Safety" Transportation Research Board, ACS60, Truck and Bus Safety Committee

January 15, 2020. Download

"Truck Drivers are Overtired, Overworked, and Underpaid," Wayne State University, January 25, 2019. Download

"Economic Incentives and Market Pressure: Why Markets Require Safe Rates Regulation,"Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, Parliament of Australia, April 28, 2021. Download

In the News

“The Trouble With Trucking: Want to understand how workers so often get a raw deal, even during a growing economy? Ask long-haul truckers”, The Editorial Board, The New York Times, August 11, 2018. Read more

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