Quality sleep can be elusive for most truck drivers, and these truck driving tips can help you learn more about different techniques that you can use to get the quality sleep you deserve. A lot of truckers believe that following good sleeping habits should in fact be a duty, and not a luxury.
Sadly, some trucking companies only provide “rogue” motor carriers, making it near impossible for its drivers, operators and employees to drive after a good rest and within the mandated hours-of-service laws. This means truck drivers need to be aware, awake, and alive by knowing the law and making a stand against a horrible employer.
What is a Rogue Motor Carrier?
The consequence of a rogue motor carrier is a driver’s tarnished record. It creates a pattern of unsafe behavior due to a habit of violating one or more of the new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Roadside inspections, a trucker’s worst nightmare, can produce over 640 infractions that do not only penalize trucking companies, but also the truck drivers themselves. In 2012, a trucking company was charged with conspiracy for requiring drivers to falsify their daily logbooks. The company not only instructed it drivers to come up with two sets of driver’s logs (one that is false and the other for inspectors) but also to falsely certify that the logbook are truthful and accurate. The root of the matter is that the trips exceeded hours-of-service requirements.
What Does the Law Say?
Any professional driver in the trucking industry must possess what they call the “Green Book” or a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations book. When a truck driver’s quality night sleep is interrupted, one should be sure to memorize the following regulations and recite it to the arresting officer:
FMCSR 392.6 — This refers to schedules to conform with speed limits. “No motor carrier shall require a run nor permit nor require the operation of any commercial motor vehicle between points in such period of time as would necessitate the commercial vehicle being operated at speed greater than those prescribed by the jurisdictions in or through which the commercial motor vehicle is being operated.”
FMCSR 390.13 — The law on aiding or abetting violations. “No person shall aid, abet, encourage, or require a motor carrier or its employees to violate the rules of this chapter.”
FMCSR 392.3 – This talks about Ill or fatigued operator. “No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired, so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle.”
Although some employers, load planners or dispatchers are mostly making truck drivers work beyond their limits, all truckers should take a stand and be knowledgeable about the laws protecting them. Needless to say, any good safety director should let their drivers know about these regulations. A pattern of safe behavior benefits the driver in developing a structured sleep routine.