Driving a truck can be a dangerous job. In the last few weeks, weather conditions having created hazardous driving conditions all across New Mexico. Drivers need to be alert and focused to handle the perils of the road.
Unfortunately, in an effort to increase profits, some trucking companies push their drivers to exhaustion, violating hours of service requirements and circumventing logbook rules and regulations. Further truckers – under pressure to make tight delivery schedules – may falsify logbook entries in order to conceal driving in excess of the maximum number of hours allowed.
Within the next several months the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be reviewing and re-writing the current hours of service rule which lengthened the time drivers could spend behind the wheel before resting. This rule allows truckers to drive up to 11 hours following a break.