If you want a long and happy (and successful) career as a truck driver, then you’re going to have to keep your commercial drivers license clean. You need to minimize any issues with your license, especially those that could potentially see your license suspended or cancelled. The first step to achieving this is current knowledge of all the relevant trucking laws.
There are a number of ways of achieving this. If you work for a good company, especially a trucking company, then they will most likely keep you updated on any changes in the law. You can also join truck driver associations, some of which are online, and they too will keep you up-to-date on the latest changes to trucking laws.
Knowing the law is one thing, understanding it is another. If you don’t understand any changes in laws, and the recent changes to the allowed amount of time behind the wheel makes a good example, then you run the risk of breaking those laws and having your licenses seriously affected. It is important to understand that ignorance (not knowing) can not be used as a defense in these situations.
Law changes seem to come in quick succession, then there’ll be months in which there are no apparent changes at all. As a truck driver, the onus is on you to keep up-to-date with trucking laws. These laws also include documentation, and this needs to be kept up-to-date at all times. Failing to have your documents completed and up-to-date could represent another breach in your truck driving requirements, and this could see you losing your license completely.
Trucking laws are there for a reason – they are designed to keep everyone on the safe. If you are considering a career as a truck driver, be sure your truck driver training school includes modules on trucking laws.