New Haven, CT- The agency responsible for developing regulations that make commercial trucking safer, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced their priorities for the upcoming year which include utilization of electronic log books and speed limiters.
Fatigued driving is one of the trucking industry’s most vexing safety issues for commercial trucking and contribute to a majority of fatal truck accidents. Hours-of-service rules which limit the how much time a truck driver can spend behind the wheel each day are only so effective and have been rolled back in recent months. On top of that, another problem with hours-of-service rules is that they are hard to enforce. That is because most drivers and carriers use paper log books, they are on the honor system and since truckers get paid the job and not the hour, there is a good deal of incentive for some drivers to stay on the road for more hours than they should and fudge their log books. The FMCSA and some in the trucking industry believe electronic logbooks would make it harder for drivers and trucking companies to falsify a driver’s works hours.
To combat this problem the FMCSA has put electronic logbooks (ELDs) on their list of trucking safety priorities for this year. This is the second year ELD has been on the FMCSA safety priority list but it looks like the final rules will be forthcoming by the end of the year.
The agency estimates that ELDs will prevent “about 20 fatalities and over 400 injuries each year; helping businesses cut paperwork and save money; protecting drivers from harassment; and making it easier for law enforcement and safety inspectors to review driver HOS records,” Trucking Info reported.
Also forthcoming, are rules that would require speed limiters on many of the nation’s commercial trucks. The FMCSA says that speed limiters will “decrease the estimated 1,115 fatal crashes annually involving vehicles with a GVWR of over 26,000 pounds on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or above,” according to Trucking Info.
Speed limiters and electronic logbooks can’t stop all truck accidents, unfortunately, but if you or a loved one is hurt in a truck accident, you may find some comfort in knowing that you have a course of action you can pursue to get justice for your injuries or your loss.
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