A new federal regulation to require commercial truck drivers to use electronic devices to log their work hours, rather than relying on pen and paper, appears to have divided the trucking industry. Big companies are in favor of the new rule, while small operations oppose it, Logistics Management reports.
Readers are likely aware that regulations limit how many hours semi-truck drivers can spend on the road without a break, and how many hours they can work in a given week. But it may surprise you to learn that truckers use paper logs to keep track of their hours. In effect, safety inspectors largely relied on the honesty of truck drivers and their employers in preventing drowsy driving, which can lead to devastating truck accidents.