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Falsifying log books is not uncommon among truck drivers

Residents of California and elsewhere have been long aware of the fatigue issues that often plague those who work in the trucking industry. Truck drivers are on the road for long hours. Coupled with a lack of sleep, driving for hours at a time with nothing to look at but the road ahead creates a dangerous drowsy driving situation.

To address this issue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set rules for the number of hours truckers can be on the job. These include driving no longer than 11 hours in one day after having 10 consecutive hours off duty. After working for 60-70 hours in 7-8 consecutive days, truck drivers must take at least 34 consecutive hours to rest.

Violating federal laws on driving time can result in a truck driver being fined or losing his or her license. Despite the risks, many truckers feel they have no choice but to falsify their log books to get their shipments to their destinations on time and get paid, states Trucker Classifieds. The trucking industry is highly competitive and deadlines are tight. Often, a truck driver is faced with the dilemma of getting a shipment to the West Coast from the other side of the country in only a few days’ time. The trucker may feel like the only solution is to skimp on sleep and write false numbers in the log book.

Many trucking companies still use paper log books, which are the easiest to doctor. However, new FMCSA mandates will require truckers to use electronic logs by December 18, 2017. It would seem that an ideal solution has not yet been found to ensure truckers can get enough rest and make their deadlines on time, yet protect those on the roads from deadly fatigue-related truck accidents.

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