More regulations means bigger need to train drivers
The website FleetOwner.com outlined some of the most important truck regulations taking effect this year, including two key regulations:
Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs): Recent changes to DVIR requirements exempt drivers from having to retain pre-trip vehicle inspection reports if the driver finds no problems, but beware, said Sandberg. If an inspection uncovers maintenance issues, the driver and fleet can be cited for CSA violations and two DVIR citations and you’re out.
Electronic Driver Logs (ELDs): Perhaps the longest running rulemaking process in industry history, the ELD mandate continues to stagger along, according to Sandberg, who noted that she expects to see “additional delays” that may push publication of a final rule out too late 2014 or even 2015. The current delay is still due to the challenge over harassment brought by OOIDA (the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association) she said, and the organization is expected to challenge the rule again should it move forward.
FleetOwner also reported that “there has been a big increase in the number of hours of service (HOS) audits,” as GPS logs are being used to enforce the new requirements. “Logbook violations can mean an instant downgrading of a fleet’s safety rating,” FleetOwner reported. Commercial truck carriers are urged to be “sure that the devices they deploy will truly be compliant with the regulation.”
The truck industry is seeing more and more regulations imposed every year, which means truck carriers are eager to find professionally trained drivers who they can trust to meet new requirements while on the open road.