Fatigue Management : More Trucking Accidents Occur at Start of Week
According to findings by the trucking industry and the Roads and Traffic Authority, majority of truck accidents occur at the beginning of the week – Mondays and Tuesdays.Over 70 percent of accidents occur on the outward portion of the driver’s journey and often times, within 100 km of the trucker’s departure.
It is alleged that drivers are possibly leaving to go to work on Sunday night or very early on Monday morning. They get away with it and are considered fit for duty because according to their logbooks; everything checks out. However, there is nothing to indicate whether the driver had a busy weekend and is fatigued.
However, the Transport Workers Union attributes the high level of accidents to heavy workload and possible drug use.
Almost 40 percent of accidents in 2009 occurred on a Monday or Tuesday.
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