Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed regulations that would require bus and commercial truck companies to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) that would monitor their drivers to be sure they were in compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. EOBRs are devices that are installed in commercial vehicles that record automatically the number of hours a driver spends operating their vehicle. While some carriers already have installed the devices in their vehicles, if the regulations are passed, it would affect about 500,000 carriers.
The proposed rule would also alleviate commercial vehicle drivers from needing to carry certain documents for HOS regulations, such as toll and delivery receipts, which are used to confirm the total number of hours a driver spends operating their vehicle. Only interstate commercial vehicle carriers that use Records of Duty logbooks (RODs) to document their drivers’ HOS would be required to install EOBRs. Short-haul commercial vehicle carriers that use timecards to keep track of hours-of-service would not be required to install EOBRs.
If the regulations are passed, commercial vehicle carriers that violate the requirement for EOBRs would face penalties of up to $11,000 for each incident. Failure to comply with the regulations would negatively impact the safety rating of a carrier as well as DOT operating authority.
While HOS regulations are intended to prevent commercial truck drivers from spending too many hours behind the wheel, unfortunately, many trucking companies and/or their drivers overlook these rules either to complete deliveries on-time, ahead of schedule, or to make more deliveries. When this occurs, all motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others on the road are at great risk of being involved in a fatigued driving-related accident.
At Cullan & Cullan, our Nebraska big rig crash attorneys have successfully assisted many victims who have been injured due to a truck driver’s negligence. As both physicians and attorneys, we understand the burdens that are placed upon a family when a loved one is recovering from a serious injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident you believe was caused by a negligent truck driver, contact our law offices today. We can help you understand the legal options available to you in order for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Call 1-402-397-7600 to learn more today.