In hopes of decreasing the number of fatal New Mexico truck accidents, lawmakers have recently been considering a number of trucking industry regulations. Indeed, during the previous administration, several regulations were implemented that resulted in a significant amount of push back from the trucking industry. Continuing in this vein, according to a recent news report, close to 3.5 million truck drivers began protesting around highways and truck stops across the nation in an attempt to stop a new safety regulation that is set to be implemented sometime this year. Two of the most hotly contested regulations were related to testing drivers for sleep apnea and requiring drivers to log their hours electronically.
The pending regulation that caused the truck drivers to organize was related to the requirement that commercial trucks electronically log their hours, rather than using the old pen-and-paper system. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) believes that written logs are inaccurate and easily manipulated by drivers to meet requirements.
The truck drivers and trucking companies retorted that these devices are expensive and are designed in a way that ignores the nuances of truck driving and transportation. The executive vice president of one truck driver organization complained that truckers work in the most over-regulated industry in the United States, and the FMCSA does not understand the intricacies of the job.