A Senate bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate calls for truck drivers to be paid by the hour and would take measures to make their job safer.

“Truck drivers work extremely long days to deliver the goods we depend on and keep our economy moving, but too often this comes at the expense of their safety and the safety of other drivers,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who introduced the Truck Safety Act legislation.

The Truck Safety Act not only would implement hourly pay for U.S. truck drivers, it also would raise minimum insurance levels from $750,000 to $1.5 million, bring speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles one step closer to reality, and study the impact of commuting long distances.

Safety advocacy groups praised the bill. In a joint statement Friday addressing the different trucking bills in the Senate, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and the Consumer Federation of America said the bill ‘will move the bar to advance commercial motor vehicle safety.

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