3 Rules and Regulations Trucking Companies Must Follow
The trucking industry is one of the most important and influential in the United States. According to the American Trucking Association, trucks transport over 70% of all freight in the United States. Obviously, an industry of this size is regulated heavily by the federal government, which seeks to limit accidents and protect employees, but incidents are all too common with the number of trucks on the road and types of drivers behind the wheels. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration handles the bulk of this regulation. Established in the year 2000 as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the FMCSA employs more than a thousand employees dedicated to keeping the roads safe.
The fact that truck drivers must attain a special license, class A or B, is common knowledge. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rules and requirements for truck drivers and driving companies. These standards include:
- Setting a maximum number of driving hours. The “Hours of Service” regulations apply to truck drivers, commercial and city bus drivers, and school bus drivers. They limit the number of hours spent driving in a 24-hour period and are frequently of grave importance when determining liability after a truck accident.
- By the end of 2017, all trucking companies must utilize electronic logging devices. These devices have a wide range of effects on truckers. Primarily, ELD’s are used to ensure drivers are following the hours of service regulations mentioned above.
- Attaining a class A or B driver’s license is more work than you may expect. Commercial Driver’s licenses, in some cases, require more than forty hours of schooling in addition to passing the CDL exam.
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