Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: FMCSA to Require Electronic Log Books

Driver log books, also known as a driver’s record of duty status, can be a valuable source of evidence in any truck accident investigation. When accurate, they can reveal whether a driver has violated Hours of Service rules. These rules were put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to help prevent truck crashes caused by driver fatigue – a known problem in the trucking industry. Current standards allow trucking companies and their drivers to choose how they record their on- and off-duty hours, either electronically or by filling out paper log books. Unfortunately, the later method can make it easy for drivers who violate Hours of Service rules to falsify their records in effort to avoid liability in the event of a wreck. To combat this problem, the FMCSA has issued a new rule that will require drivers to replace paper log books with more reliable electronic logging devices (ELDs). The new rule is anticipated to affect approximately three million comm

No comments:

Post a Comment