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New rule aims to reduce trucker fatigue

If you have ever driven your standard passenger vehicle next to or behind a semi truck on Colorado roads, you know how quickly you become aware of the tremendous size differential between these commercial vehicles and a typical car or truck. This size alone can have a tremendous impact on the severity of an accident between the two. Finding ways to continue improving safety in the commercial transportation world is a vital way of keeping the public safe.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set the last month of this year, 2017, as the date by which the trucking industry needs to comply with the requirement to use electronic logging devices per CDLJobs.com. Referred to as ELDs, these systems track the number of hours drivers operate trucks, exactly when and where drivers are and other important information.

The FMCSA has clear rules about how many hours a trucker can drive in a given day and work week. The goal of these rules is to reduce fatigue and thereby improve safety and reduce accidents caused by tired drivers. Older paper logs gave truck drivers and trucking companies an easy way to avoid compliance with such rules. The ELDs will force compliance with the Hours of Service rules. However, many in the commercial transportation world are not happy with the change because they fear it may reduce their productivity and cost them financially instead of putting public safety first.

If you would like to learn more about ELDs and other FMCSA rules, please feel free to visit the fatigued truck driver page of our Colorado personal injury website.

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