It’s quite possible that many more drowsy driving crashes go unreported. Shift workers, such as truck drivers, are more likely to drive fatigued.
If you’re ever driving behind a UPS truck, you may notice that the driver of the truck will not take any left turns.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the federal agency in charge of making rules that govern the trucking industry, says it’s considering getting rid of a rule that requires truckers with insulin-dependent diabetes to drive a semi-truck without obtaining an exemption from the federal government.
The issue of electronic logging devices (ELDs) has been a hot button topic in the trucking industry for the past few years.
Most people are familiar with Uber, the popular rideshare service that lets you summon a car with a few clicks of your smartphone.
The status of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is important, because if passed, the regulation would require all truck carriers to install ELDs in their trucks.
Every year, a nonprofit organization made up of local, state, and federal motor carrier safety officials from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), conducts roadside checks of semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles.
In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule requiring semi-trucks to switch from paper logs to electronic logging devices (ELDs).
There were 3,598 truck accident fatalities in 2015, and another 83,000 injuries resulting from these truck wrecks, according to the FMCSA’s ‘Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015’, and the number of truck wrecks that caused fatalities increased by eight percent from 2014 to 2015.