FMCSA Proposes Shift to Electronic Logbooks to Reduce the Number of Fatigue-Related Trucking Accidents
Truck driver fatigue is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant factors in fatal tractor-trailer crashes. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has promulgated daily and weekly limits on the number of hours that commercial drivers can operate a large truck to reduce the role of fatigue in causing collisions, these rules are widely disregarded. Current hours of service rules limit commercial drivers from operating a tractor-trailer for more than 11 hours per day and mandate a 34 hour rest break after 60 hours of driving in a week.
Truck drivers are an essential part of the American economy. Our Miami truck accident lawyers know that most trucking companies and their drivers are honest, hard working folks. They are unfortunately judged by those in the trucking industry who "cut corners" and violate FMCSA rules and regulations. Truck drivers generally earn more pay by driving longer shifts, so there are a number of drivers who often violate hours of service rules with the express or implied approval of the trucking company. It is important to remember that dispatchers are aware of where drivers are, how long they have been driving and if they are "over hours. Although federal regulations that require driver's to maintain a log that tracks hours of service should prevent this practice, these logs are routinely manipulated or falsified. The FMCSA is considering a proposal that could make driver logbooks more accurate and make it easier to expose fraud.