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Pre-screening program for drivers defeats legal battle

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently cleared a legal obstacle to their Pre-Screening Employment Program. This program allows trucking company owners and others in Illinois and around the country to check into the driving records of truckers that they had been considering for employment. This will alert them to safety violations and other issues of which an employer should be aware.

Electronic Logging Devices Look To Become Mandatory

In an important decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago (covering Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) upheld a federal mandate that requires truckers to install electronic logging devices (ELD). Unless the plaintiff in the case (Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association) appeals the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, the mandate will become effective as of December 18, 2017. The new regulation specifically exempts trucks manufactured before the year 2000. Drivers of trucks with ELDs will no longer be required to maintain paper logs.

CVSA releases data about road check campaign

Federal trucking regulations are in place to make certain that people in Illinois and across the nation face reduced risks of involvement in truck accidents. When truck drivers and trucking companies violate the rules, they risk the lives of others. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts an annual international road check campaign in order to catch violators.

NHTSA looking at underride truck accidents

Accidents involving big rigs on Illinois highways have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles. One reason is due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, but another is the way these trucks are constructed. They are much higher off the ground than are passenger cars, and there are times when a car crashes into the side or rear of a truck and passes underneath it. These are called underride truck accidents.

Truck drivers may face lower speed limits

Drivers in Illinois and throughout the country might notice large trucks going more slowly on highways if a proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is enacted. Under the proposal, the speed of vehicles that are newly built and weight more than 26,000 pounds will be limited to 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour.

Professional drivers must follow hours of service laws

A recent out-of-state case related to the trucking industry serves as a valuable reminder. Hours of service regulations are not simply safety recommendations. They are the law. Following those trucking laws is crucial to the prevention of the deadly kind of truck accidents that claim too many lives here in Illinois and across the U.S. every year. 

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