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New logging mandate for truckers

Independent commercial truck drivers in South Carolina and the rest of the country will soon be required to use a new logging system. According to the federal government, the Electronic Logging Device mandate, which will be administered by the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will assist with monitoring and logging long-haul truck drivers.

Study says shift work increases risk for car crashes

Millions of Americans work a night or rotational shift, and according to a study made by researchers at a prominent Boston health care facility, approximately 28 percent of drivers admitted that they fell asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous year. This could make some South Carolina motorists worried about their safety on the road.

Bills regarding sleep apnea rule for truckers

Commercial truckers in South Carolina may be interested to know that Congressional Democrats have proposed bills intended to compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to continue its work on a rule regarding guidelines for screenings and treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. Democrats in both the House and Senate want trucking regulators to establish a rule that provides the exact criteria medical examiners should use to make apnea testing referrals for truck drivers.

Most truck accidents are caused by car drivers

Media outlets in South Carolina and around the country often run stories about tractor-trailer accidents when truck driver drowsiness, intoxication or distraction have been cited by law enforcement as factors, but data from the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that these reports may sometimes be misleading. According to the agency, automobile drivers are responsible for causing about 70 percent of the accidents involving large commercial vehicles, and almost 60 percent of those killed in truck crashes are passengers in cars or SUVs that strike tractor-trailers either in the rear or head-on.

Federal agency cancels plans for sleep apnea testing rule

Federal authorities are no longer pushing a proposed rule meant to establish specific criteria to screen truck drivers in South Carolina and across the United States for sleep apnea. On Aug. 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a notice saying that the potential rule will be withdrawn.

Fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses on the rise

South Carolina motorists should exercise caution when traveling near large vehicles. Data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revealed an increase in fatalities from crashes that involve large trucks or buses. In 2015, over 4,000 fatal wrecks of large trucks and buses occurred around the country, which represented an 8 percent rise from the previous year.

Trucking case declined hearing by Supreme Court

Commercial truck drivers in South Carolina should be aware that the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a class-action lawsuit against the United States Department of Transportation and the Pre-Employment Screening Program. The six truck drivers who filed the lawsuit with the assistance of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claim that the U.S. DOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provide too much information about the violation histories of drivers to potential employers.

New CDL rules go into effect

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial vehicles are safe and properly maintained, and the federal safety agency also establishes the requirements for obtaining commercial driver's licenses in South Carolina and around the country. The FMCSA proposed changes to these rules in 2015, and the revised regulations were finally implemented on June 5. The rules were scheduled to be rolled out in early 2017, but a regulatory review ordered by the Trump Administration caused a further delay lasting five months.

International Roadcheck to focus on cargo safety in 2017

Truck drivers in South Carolina and around the country may wish to check their loads are properly secured before taking to the roads during International Roadcheck. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that cargo safety will be the focus of this year's 72-hour-long safety initiative, and trucks with loose, damaged or missing cargo tie-downs are likely to be ordered out of service by inspectors.

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