Fatigued driving among truck drivers is a huge problem that injures and kills a large number of innocent drivers every year. In an effort to curb the amount of preventable injuries and casualties caused by drowsy truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has passed a new regulation, effective in December 2017, which will require more than three million truck drivers to begin using electronic logging devices to record their hours behind the wheel. Rather than recording hours manually in a paper log, which can easily be falsified, electronic logging devices will link to the truck’s engine and record how much time the trucker spends driving.
Why Are E-Logs Necessary?
While most truck drivers abide by FMCSA Hours of Service regulations, which stipulate that drivers are limited to a maximum of 11 hours of driving per day, some drivers ignore these rules and falsify their driving logs. These drivers will drive longer than they are allowed to in order to increase their profits. Unfortunately, this type of cheating is not a victimless action; the result is that drivers greatly increase the chance of a truck accident caused by falling asleep behind the wheel, drifting from their lane, or failing to brake in time to avoid an impending collision. There is also a heightened chance that these truck drivers may turn to illegal substances in order to stay awake and continue driving longer than they are supposed to, further increasing their risk of causing a collision.
The reason E-logs are expected to be so effective is that they cannot be falsified the way that paper logs can – they are a foolproof way to record exactly how much time truckers are spending driving per shift. The FMCSA estimates that the switch to electronic logging devices from traditional paper logs will prevent over 1,840 accidents, 562 injuries, and 26 fatalities each year. As an added benefit, the switch to E-logs is expected to eliminate over $1.6 billion in paperwork costs.
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