Regulatory and Legislative Update-September 2018

FMCSA seeks input on hours-of-service flexibility Prompted by a couple of rulemaking petitions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to obtain public comment on several potential changes in the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial drivers. The petitions were filed earlier this year by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and TruckerNation.org. The ANPRM addresses four specific areas of the HOS regulations: (1) short-haul operations; (2) adverse driving conditions; (3) the 30-minute rest break; and (4) split sleeper berth time. Read more

Teamwork PM: Supporting drivers by addressing issues, incentivizing inspections

A good vehicle inspection is only as effective as the maintenance department’s ability to fix it. When a driver for Little Rock, Ark.-based Maverick Transportation flags an item during an inspection, that is communicated to the maintenance department through the company’s Qualcomm system. “We’ve got seven maintenance coordinators that work out here and manage the maintenance on our fleet,” says Maverick’s Director of Maintenance Brent Hilton, “and those forms go not only to operations and logistics but it goes to maintenance coordinators so they can follow up and get those items fixed.” Read more