Truck drivers in Georgia and across the country are often driving extended hours in the dark on monotonous roads. This can leave them potentially at risk for serious truck accidents along with everyone else on the road. Passengers and drivers in other vehicles are particularly at risk because they are far more likely to die or be seriously injured in a trucking crash. Indeed, two crashes have drawn additional attention to the issue of truck driver fatigue and its deadly potential.
Truck and bus drivers in Georgia will want to make sure that they and their vehicles comply with federal regulations because the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6. Inspectors across the nation will be pulling over CMVs at random to conduct mostly Level I inspections. These are the most comprehensive inspections, covering both driver and vehicle compliance.
A group of road safety advocacy groups including the Truck Safety Coalition and Georgia-based Road Safe America have called on Congress to implement commercial vehicle safety regulations that were proposed 12 years ago. The coalition thinks that an upcoming infrastructure bill could provide lawmakers with a way to avoid partisan politics and get the regulations passed.
From September 16 to 22, 2018, inspectors certified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance stopped a total of 35,080 commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada as a part of Brake Safety Week. The inspection spree ended in 4,955 vehicles, just over 14 percent, being put out of service for brake violations. Truckers and truck fleet owners in Georgia may want to know more details.