U.S. Proposes Requiring Monitoring Devices on Trucks

The U.S. Transportation Department said it will require onboard electronic devices to ensure truck and bus drivers are complying with federal safety rules limiting their time behind the wheel.

Truck haulers and motor-coach operators would have to install the devices rather than maintain paper logbooks to record drivers’ hours of service, the department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said in a statement today.

“We cannot protect our roadways when commercial truck and bus companies exceed hours-of-service rules,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This proposal would make our roads safer.”

The proposed rule follows related tentative regulations published Dec. 23 to cut an hour of driving time per day for 1.6 million U.S. long-haul truck drivers. The driving-time limits may cost the industry as much as $1.8 billion a year, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis.

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