2011 April Archive

FMCSA Proposes Rule to Require Electronic On-Board Recorders on Commercial Vehicles to Monitor Driving Hours

By Cullan & Cullan on April 20, 2011 - Comments off

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. Read the rest »

Interstate 80 Six-Vehicle Accident Caused by Drunk Semi-Truck Driver Sends Five to Hospital

By Cullan & Cullan on April 6, 2011 - Comments off

The Lincoln Journal Star reports a semi-truck driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he was involved in a recent multi-vehicle accident that sent five people to a local hospital. However, he has been released from jail after posting bail, and charges have yet to be filed.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, the truck driver rear-ended a pickup truck on Interstate 80 close to the 27th Street interchange in Lincoln shortly after 8 p.m. Both the semi-truck and the pickup truck crashed into the highway’s center barrier, where a light pole was knocked across the eastbound lanes of traffic. Neither the semi-truck driver nor the pickup driver, a 19-year-old from York, were injured in the Interstate 80 Nebraska truck accident. Read the rest »