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Truck inspections for hours of service violations

Whether its early morning, midday, evening or night, motorists are likely to share the road with large commercial trucks. Whether a driver just started their shift, has been driving for hours or just took a break, it is difficult to discern if a driver is alert, drowsy or fatigued. Additionally, motorist traveling near a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer truck does not know if the truck driver sharing the road with them is in compliance with federal trucking regulations.

One of the most talked about trucking regulation is hours of service. Truck driver are required to comply with these rules with regards to on-duty driving periods and off-duty and break times. This means that if a truck driver has been driving for a duration that goes beyond the timeframe allotted and has not taken a break or gone off duty for the required time, that driver is in violation of this rule.

Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts road checks. For a 72-hour period, commercial vehicles will be inspected. This involves inspecting both the motor vehicle and the drivers. The road check that was conducted this year focused on hours of service compliance. Because of the electronic logging device mandate went in full enforcement this year, this helped to shed light on whether compliance was occurring.

The previous year, 32 percent of drivers inspected were place out of service because of hours of service violations. This calls attention to the need of management and dispatchers to reinforce compliance with these laws, asserting that they will not tolerate drivers that drive past their legal hours or violate the rules. It is also important that dispatchers only assign drivers that observe these rules and others, such as speed limits.

When a negligent or fatigued truck driver is behind the wheel, this can be a dangerous situation. Thus, those harmed in a truck accident should explore the cause and liability of the crash. This might mean filing a personal injury claim as a means to hold a negligent truck driver or trucking company liable for the losses and damages suffered in the incident.

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