Truck drivers all across Georgia and the rest of the company are required to complete a log. This log is incredibly important because it might come in handy if the driver is involved in an accident. The trucking logbook is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make sure that drivers are following the service-hour regulations set forth by the agency.
One of the most important reasons why a truck driver is required to complete a log is to show that he or she took the required breaks when on the road. Truck drivers are required to take breaks after every so many hours behind the wheel. These are known as the 11-hour and 14-hour breaks and the 70-hour week.
A truck driver must include all work performed by the truck driver when on duty. This includes taking breaks, performing truck checks or other pre-trip chores, fueling the truck, having the truck loaded, having the truck unloaded and more.
The Georgia Department of Transportation will send officers to visit trucking companies all throughout the state. These officers will examine the logs of a number of truck drivers from the company, or all of the drivers if the company is not too large. If any discrepancies are found, the driver and the company could be fined.
The truck log is vital to the safety of the truck driver and all others on the roads of Athens. The more the driver follows the driving hour regulations, the less likely it is they will be involved in a trucking accident caused by drowsiness or falling asleep behind the wheel.