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Truck Drivers Now Required to Log Driving Hours Electronically

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the Rule requiring all drivers of large commercial trucks to record their driving history electronically is officially law.
 No longer will truckers be able to drive longer than their maximum mandated hours by falsifying their paper log books which means fewer fatigued truckers will be on the road.
Drivers have been required to keep paper logs of their hours dating back to 1938, but accident investigators and safety advocates have long complained that it’s easy to change the logs or keep two different sets of records to evade restrictions on hours. Electronic logging devices automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information.
 No longer will truckers be able to drive longer than their maximum mandated hours by falsifying their paper log books which means fewer fatigued truckers will be on the road.

The DOT’s (Department of Transportation) new regulations can be broken into four sections. The most important and noteworthy is the mandatory implementation of electronic logs. The DOT and others in support of the electronic logs say they will keep drivers safer by reducing hours-of-service violations, as well as greatly reduce paperwork. Here’s what’s happening:

  • The electronic logs will be required for any driver who must have paper logs for 8 or more days out of 30 on the road.
  • For companies already using approved record-keeping devices, there appears to be a provision extending the DOT’s deadline.
  • It’s expected that the cost to adapt to the electronic logs will be anywhere from $200 to $832.
  • According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, 20 deaths and 434 injuries per year will be prevented by mass use of electronic log books.
  • The log books will save $394.8 million per year in annual safety benefits, the FMCSA says.

The Indiana Truck Crash Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in automobile accidents. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.