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Less paperwork for commercial truck drivers

Commercial truck drivers in Connecticut and other states will now spend a lot less time completing daily paperwork. On Dec. 18, a new rule went into effect that eliminated paperwork requirements for commercial truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the new rule will save about 46.7 million hours of work each year and $1.7 billion in annual costs.

A secretary of U.S. Transportation, who announced the change, says that eliminating paperwork for commercial truck drivers will not compromise road safety. In accordance with the new rule, truckers will now only have to submit reports for vehicle inspections if the inspections reveal that a truck has a safety issue or an equipment problem. Previously, truckers would submit a report for every pre and post-trip inspection regardless of the fact that 95 percent of the inspections showed that the truck had no need for maintenance.

The acting administrator of the FMCSA said that eliminating the no-defect inspection report requirement for commercial truck drivers was a great achievement in paperwork reduction by the Obama Administration. He also commented that the FMCSA was committed to making truck driver's jobs more efficient so that they could put more focus on road safety.

Because truck accidents can be so devastating, commercial truck driving safety is an important concern for everyone who uses our nation's roads. A person who was injured in a truck accident may want to hold the truck driver and trucking company accountable for their negligence by filing a personal injury complaint. As part of a claim, the accident victim may pursue compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: OH&S, "DOT Plays Santa, Eliminating Daily Paperwork Requirement for Trucking Industry", December 19, 2014

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