Supervisors or leaders of any operation involving the use of semis should (and might be legally required to) be taking advantage of black box recording. Depending on the logistics and legal status of the operation, black box recording may be a legal requirement.
What is Black Box Recording?
Black box recording is a data collection device that comes in the form of a computer chip. The chip itself is usually housed in some type of box, which may or may not be black. The microchip is synced with the data collected through sensors on the truck. A driver’s speed, GPS coordinates, braking, acceleration, and many other pieces of important information are stored on the microchip. In the event of an accident, black box recording can provide valuable information regarding what happened and who was at fault.
Many companies that deploy distribution of their goods through semi transportation use Black Box recording to determine if routes are being followed properly as well as the amount of idle time taking place. Collecting and analyzing this data enables these companies to appropriately alter any driver activities that aren’t leading to optimal efficiency and effectiveness.
Regulations Regarding Black Box Recording
As an owner of a truck fleet, one would have access to the information collected through black box recording. To ensure the data collected is as relevant as possible for a court case, it is imperative to remove the black box device immediately after an accident has occurred. Most black box recording devices will record in a loop; this means if it isn’t removed the device after an accident has occurred, once the vehicle is removed from the accident site, recording may continue and rewrite itself with the newer data. As far as truck drivers, they should not need access to the data being collected unless they are the driver or passenger in an accident involving a truck from the company’s fleet.
If you’re going to use data collected through black box recording, be prepared to pay a specialist. Only a person with proper training and experience in decoding the data can give you and the courts the most realistic interpretation of what the data means. This data could be the difference between an extremely expensive lawsuit or walking out of the court room with a case that was won in your favor.