Trump administration withdraws plan to test train operators for sleep disorder

August 9, 2017

Trump administration withdraws plan to test truck, bus and train operators for sleep disorder

Continuing its quest to relieve industries of regulatory burdens, the Trump administration has scrapped a proposal that would have required truck and bus drivers and railroad engineers to be tested for a disorder that could cause them to fall asleep on the job.

In pulling back the proposed rule, the Transportation Department acknowledged that moderate to severe sleep apnea is “an ongoing concern . . . because it can cause unintended sleep episodes and resulting deficits in attention, concentration, situational awareness, and memory,” putting passengers and other drivers at risk. The agency concluded, however, that existing safety programs are adequate.

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