DOT official urges requirement of on-board recorders
4/12/05 – U.S. Senate members heard testimony that if electronic on-board recording devices are not eventually required, stronger deterrents are necessary to deter “egregious” hour-of-service violations.
Kenneth Mead, U.S. Transportation Department inspector general, testified April 5 before the Senate Commerce Committee on transportation safety programs. “We have conducted criminal investigations of egregious cases in which trucking company officials have been prosecuted for systematically forcing their drivers to drive well in excess of the limits,” Mead testified.
Log book and hours rules need strengthening because unscrupulous carriers and drivers view violations as “the cost of doing business,” he said.
See eTrucker article.
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