While safety should be near the very core of every heavy haul trucking company, some, unfortunately, overlook certain procedures and take shortcuts. Luckily, there is an organization dedicated to making sure that trucking companies adhere to a strict set of safety regulations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates trucking in the Unites States; its mission is to prevent fatalities and injuries that are caused by commercial vehicles. The FMCSA has developed an array of stricter regulations that work towards this goal. For example, the FMCSA sets the safety regulations that govern drug testing, procedures for those hauling hazardous material, and the limits concerning the number of hours that a driver can stay behind the wheel.
The hours-of-service safety regulations vary between property-carrying drivers and passenger-carrying drivers, but they each require drivers to spend a certain amount of time off duty before they can hit the road again. Any driver who is impaired by fatigue is dangerous, but given the increased size of heavy haul trucking loads, it’s extremely important for heavy haul truck drivers to follow these safety regulations.
In addition to formulating and enforcing various safety regulations, the FMCSA also makes efforts to prevent accidents through education. Their website has sections devoted to reminding drivers of the simple efforts that aid in accident-prevention, like buckling up, double-checking maps, and remaining free of distraction on the road.
At LTA Logistics, our drivers are committed to following all safety regulations set by the FMCSA. We make every effort to transport loads as quickly as possible but in a safe and responsible manner. When heavy haul trucking companies take shortcuts, accidents can happen. If you have a load that needs transporting and want to learn more about how we can best accommodate your needs, call LTA Logistics at (888) 502-0582.