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On-Board Recorders to Replace Outdated Logbooks

On-Board Recorders to Replace Outdated LogbooksIn Dallas and across the nation, trucking companies may soon be made to install electronic on-board recorders in all of their trucks.

Electronic on-board recorders would replace the old logbook system. Many drivers view the logbooks as a joke. It’s a common practice in the industry to falsify the hours a driver has been working in order to bypass hours-of-service regulations.

Now legislation has been proposed that would have an on-board recorder on every 18-wheeler in the United States. Many in the trucking industry are fighting this, most of them citing the fact that the cost of the GPS equipment would be too great. However, one trucker and trucking company owner is crying foul.

The Problems with Outdated Logbooks

When James Bozeman decided to switch to the new GPS on-board recording system, he lost many drivers and some business. However, Bozeman decided that the old way, cheating on logbooks, was more than cheating—it was illegal, and no better than stealing.

“The bottom line is they haven’t wrapped their minds around how to make money legally,” stated Bozeman in an article for the Truck Safety Coalition. “I mean, they might as well be bootlegging whisky. It’s the same damn thing.”

In the old days, Bozeman was no better than the rest and admits to wanting drivers to bend the rules, to write down that a four- or five-hour repair only took one hour. But he sees change coming, and hopes that others follow suit, installing the recorders before the mandate is in place.

Our Dallas truck accident lawyers are glad to hear that some in the trucking industry are embracing the change. Electronic recorders have been shown to significantly reduce truck driver fatigue and stress. In turn, that means a lower risk for serious commercial truck collisions in Texas. In our eyes, one life saved is well worth the effort.