Feds To Hollywood: Keep On Truckin'

Hollywood will get a break under an amendment approved by the U.S. House last Thursday that relaxes the sleep requirement for truck drivers who haul supplies to movie and TV show sets.

WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter)--Hollywood will get a break under an amendment approved by the U.S. House last Thursday that relaxes the sleep requirement for truck drivers who haul supplies to movie and TV show sets.

Under an amendment, the new "hours-of-service" rules for truck drivers that went into effect this year are permanently suspended for truckers driving to and from sets as long as the distance is less than 100 miles.

Supporters of the amendment to the Transportation Equity Act argue that the safety factor making the hours-of-service rules necessary don't apply to most drivers employed by the entertainment industry.

The hours-of-service rules were put into effect over concerns that too many truckers were driving while fatigued, which is a leading cause of highway accidents.

While truckers working on Hollywood jobs often drive the same class of big trucks as over-the-road drivers, they seldom have to cover the same type of distances. Truckers working for production companies also have long layovers during filming, giving ample time for them to rest up.

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