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US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant
US Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Julie Grant

US Sen. Schumer wants tighter trucking regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is launching a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.

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The New York Democrat asked the Department of Transportation Sunday to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven. He says most truck drivers currently log their hours manually.

Schumer also wants the DOT to issue a study and increase insurance coverage by trucking companies in the case of a massive accident.

The agency hasn't immediately responded to an inquiry about Schumer's requests.

Morgan and two others were critically injured and comedian James McNair was killed in a June 7 accident involving their limo bus and a tractor-trailer.

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