Truck Regulations May Soon Require Electronic Logbooks
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in charge of creating and enforcing truck regulations that are designed to keep tractor-trailers and their drivers operating in a safe manner. Some of the most important of these rules include the Hours of Service limits.
Hours of Service regulations outline the number of hours a truck driver can work, as well as the number of hours a driver must rest, on any given work week. Current laws allow the hours a trucker is working to be logged manually. However, new laws will soon take effect that require trucking companies to equip their vehicles with an electronic device that records the number of hours a truck driver is on the road.
According to an article from Arkansas Online, federal lawmakers officially signed off on the changes earlier this month. Advocates of the reforms say the new standards of recording Hours of Service will work to improve highway safety by helping to eliminate the threat of drowsy driving amongst truck drivers.
The exact details of the new rules and when they will be implemented won’t be available until lawmakers issue a final ruling in the matter.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we are advocates for safety in the trucking industry, which is why the Arkansas truck accident lawyers are anxious to see how the new rules will affect the number of tractor-trailer accidents that occur in the United States each year.