Truck Driver Monitors Improve Driver Morale and Retention

On Tuesday, the American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Association, released the results of its industry analysis of the use of recorders to monitor driver hours. The study showed, not surprisingly, that few fleets use electronic on-board recorders, but those that do report increased driver morale. This research contradicts the hypothesis that even truck accident lawyer had: that “big brother” tracking devices would hurt driver morale and retention. Seventy-six percent of users said the recorders had improved driver morale and 19 percent said they had improved driver retention.

Obviously, there are concerns about data privacy and data access issues. But there are too many deaths in Maryland due to tired drivers logging more hours than federal law allows.

It is difficult for profit maximizing companies and businesses that specialize in local pickup and delivery service not to push the envelope because they believe their competitors are. A universal requirement that these companies use recorders that monitor driver hours might level the playing field, keeping tired commercial truck drivers off the road. The downside risk to these recorders would be drivers driving faster to make up for the lost hours.

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  • Tom Fitzgerald

    I agree with the usage of the monitors. The more records, the better. Drivers driving too much = fatigue which equals death. Keep it monitored and safe.

  • This is all well and good for safety but i can see people who drive these trucks will feel less competant because they are being watched which means they might feel a little more nervous which in turns makes them more unaware of what is going on around them because they are more worried about you watching them…

  • Paul Kendall

    If you are working for a non-union company, one requirement is to drive illegally. Unless you are union, the boss will not care about a log book and expect you to modify it to suit his needs or they will find a way to get rid of you.

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