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What You Need To Know About Driver Fatigue

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1624 is formally launching a campaign to raise awareness about the dangerous reality of driver fatigue, and push for much-needed legislative changes for motor coach operators.

Fatigue Kills will involve an informative series of videos featuring various industry professionals and political figures that believe strongly in our message and mandate. We will also actively push our message to the public via various social media channels.

Did you know that in all motor coach collisions where the driver was at fault, 36% of those crash fatalities have been the direct result of driver fatigue? When you take into consideration our dire working conditions, this statistic isn’t too difficult to believe. In fact, it’s shocking that the percentage isn’t higher.

The current Motor Coach Canada hours of service rules:

  • Your driver can drive up to 13 hours in a 24-hour day.
  • Your driver must not exceed 14 hours on duty in a 24-hour day.
  • Your driver must be off duty for a minimum of 10 hours in a 24-hour day.

Did you know that fatigue imitates intoxication? Performance ability begins to decline at 13 hours awake, and at 17 hours awake performance is equivalent to a blood-alcohol level of .05.

We will not tolerate these conditions any longer. Fatigue can greatly impair a driver’s ability to drive safely. When extreme, fatigue can result in brief episodes of “nodding off,” or micro sleep – our drivers need rest.

In our best efforts to reduce driver fatigue, and prevent serious injury or death, we are calling on the Canadian Government to pass legislation that would:

  • Limit daily driving time to a 10-hour maximum
  • Ensure that no driver is on duty for more than 13 hours/day
  • Guarantee 10-hour minimum rest between shifts
  • Equip all motor coach vehicles with electronic logging technology
  • Create distinction between motor coach vehicles and trucks

Why? Because our lives matter, our passengers’ lives matter and the public’s lives matter. It only takes a second for a driver to fall asleep at the wheel, help us decrease the odds.

With the help of ATU Canada and our sister locals, ATU Local 1624 is launching the Fatigue Kills Campaign in hopes of bringing awareness to a serious issue on our roads. We are determined to bring this frightening reality to the forefront of public knowledge. We believe education and proper legislation off the road equals peace of mind on the road.

We’re counting on your support and advocacy. Please circulate our video, fact sheet and social media material with the following #hashtags to show your support: #fatiguekills #driverfatigue #atu1624