Just like any other industry, there are constant changes and developments in trucking. To help you stay up-to-date, we’re taking a look at five trucking regulations you should know about and how they could affect your business.
1. Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Mandate
One newer regulation has to do with Electronic Logging Devices also known as ELDs. By the end of the year, every carrier will be required to have ELDs in their trucks. The driver will use this device for their hours-of-service logs. Most big carriers have already implemented the ELD mandate, so this new law will mostly affect small carriers and owner-operators.
2. Carrier Safety Fitness Determination
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced they are postponing the new rule that would keep track of a carrier’s Safety Fitness Determination (SFD). This rule proposed a new way to determine when a motor carrier is unfit to operate commercial motor vehicles. Many carrier associates are happy about the delay because they found flaws in the safety data the guidelines were based on.
3. Food Safety Rules
New standards for transporting food went into effect in April. The rules only apply to large companies so far, but businesses of all sizes will have to start complying by April 2018. The new rules establish requirements in vehicles and equipment, operations, training and records.
4. Hours-of-Service: 34-Hour Restart
The 34-hour restart rule previously required that drivers be off duty for two periods between 1-5 a.m. to reset their hours of service. Drivers could only use the restart once a week. This rule was recently studied and it was discovered that the truckers weren’t any safer, so the original restart rule is gone for good.
5. Final Stage of Motor Carrier (MC) Numbers Rule Suspended
The Unified Registration System (URS) will eliminate docket numbers, aka Motor Carrier (MC) numbers, for carriers and brokers, which means carriers will be identified solely by their Department of Transportation (DOT) number. New carriers and brokers are now required to use the URS and the final phase of this rule will apply to existing carriers and brokers as well. The final stage, however, has temporarily been put on hold.
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