Study Finds 14 Percent of Truckers Neglect Using Seatbelts on Occasion

        Trucking Risks


A recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly 14 percent of long-haul truck drivers report sometimes or never wearing a safety belt.

Other notable findings in the CDC study include:

     • More than one-third of drivers were involved in at least one serious crash.

     • Drivers who did not wear safety belts were more likely to participate in
     other unsafe driving activities, such as speeding and committing
     moving violations.

     • Drivers who work for an employer with a written safety program are more
     likely to use a seatbelt than drivers who work for an employer that doesn’t have
     a written plan

     • More than one-third of truck drivers who died in crashes in 2012 were not
     wearing a safety belt, according to a report.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently amended its scheduled publication date for the “Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents (MAP-21)” final rule.

Based on the most recent release of the U.S. Department of Transportation report on significant rulemakings, the agency now anticipates the electronic logging devices final rule to appear in the Federal Register on September 30, 2015.