New electronic recorders could help safety directors monitor their drivers' hours of service
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed a rule that will require electronic on-board recorders for truck drivers and bus companies. Experts say that this will help companies monitor their drivers' hours of service (HOS).
The plan will relieve interstate motor carriers from retaining certain HOS supporting documents, such as delivery and toll receipts, which are used to verify the total number of hours drivers spend operating a vehicle.
"With on-board recorders in tractor-trailers monitoring truck drivers’ every move, truckers will no longer feel pressured to falsify their time in a logbook," said Kurt Arnold, Texas truck accident attorney.
Under the current law, only trucking companies and commercial carriers that have a history of HOS noncompliance are required to install black boxes in their fleets. Those who violate the law could face civil penalties of up to $11,000 for each offense. and these violations can negatively impact their safety fitness rating and DOT operating authority.
This proposed plan promotes truck driving safety and can help safety directors encourage trucker health by urging their employees receive the proper amount of rest between shifts.
Monday, February 14th, 2011
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed a rule that will require electronic on-board recorders for truck drivers and bus companies.