Authorities believe that human error may have caused a fatal bus-tractor
trailer wreck in Palm Springs, and if that’s true, truckers in Kern
and Tulare Counties can expect even more government intervention.
Investigators say there was “no evidence of braking” when a
busload of people rear-ended a large truck, killing thirteen people and
injuring dozens more. The bus had passed yearly inspections with no reported
problems since at least 2014, so mechanical failure has been ruled out
at this time. Given the lateness of the hour (the bus arrived at the Red
Earth Casino at about 11 pm and departed at about 4 am),
fatigued driving may have been a factor.
The National Transportation Safety Board is taking the lead in the investigation.
Less than two weeks after the crash, in a totally unrelated matter, the
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the controversial
e-log rule, which requires trucks to have electronic logs to track HOS (hours of
service). Both independent owner-operators and trucking unions had fought
the measure for years, citing both the cost of compliance and privacy
issues. But unless the Supreme Court intervenes, which is not likely,
this rule will probably go into effect in December 2018.
HOS is just one area of the Safety Management System. Shipping companies use
SMS scores to track driver safety for both current and potential drivers, so high
SMS scores make it difficult to find or keep a job; high SMS scores also
mean higher insurance rates for owner-operators.
An attorney can help keep SMS scores lower by making sure that the information
is accurate and getting the best resolution on your drivers case in court,
and a low score saves you money.
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Tulare County truckers can expect the feds to keep an even closer eye on
HOS from now on. To keep your SMS score low, call Bigger & Harman.