In May, the AASM submitted comments to the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, addressing recently released studies relating to hours of service for drivers of commercial vehicles. 

The AASM noted that these new studies provide additional evidence to support the well-established scientific connection between hours of work and fatigue.  The AASM noted, however, that the studies overlooked the clear evidence on the critical connection between circadian rhythm and sleep deprivation.

The AASM called for drivers to also be educated on the contribution of circadian rhythms to sleepiness and available countermeasures.