The weather is a popular topic of discussion any time of the year. But this time of year it seems to be nearly constant headline news. All drivers must prepare for the day’s road conditions. Sometimes that preparation leads to making the call to not drive at all.
But for truck drivers who NEED to drive to make their living, where is the line drawn for being able to safely navigate the roads? Do you know your rights when making the call that it’s just not safe for driving in severe weather?
In a conversation with Overdrive.com, attorney Paul Taylor discusses common questions about driving in severe weather. He details your rights as a driver to protect yourself and your job. The key is knowing your rights, having good communications with your dispatcher and keeping proper documentation when the situation arises.
As the article states: “Under the employee protection provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, you have the right to refuse to operate a commercial vehicle if it would be unsafe to drive. U.S. Department of Transportation regulations state that “if conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed” until it’s safe to drive.”
Want to find a job you love?
Drive My Way matches drivers with jobs based on their qualifications and lifestyle preferences.