In the past year, there have been some changes to the rules and regulations governing semi truck repair, truck drivers, and trucking businesses. These changes could make a pretty significant impact on the trucking industry.
Knowing of new rules and regulations and understanding the changes is important. If you stay on top of changes, you can make sure to keep your trucking operation running smoothly.
We might be a semi truck repair company, but we feel it’s very important to know everything that’s happening in every corner of the industry! Here a few bigger changes in regulations that might have an effect on your business or service:
This new mandate requires every truck driver to keep ELD’s—or electronic logging devices—with them during their trips. These will be used to monitor their hours-of-service logs, making sure that drivers aren’t on the road more than the 60-70 hour/week limit.
If a truck is detained for a roadside check and is found to not have a proper logging device in their vehicle, they will be given a warning the first time and, if detained a second time and found without ELD’s, they will be placed out of service and given eight days to fix the problem.
Hours of Service
As of 2013, truck drivers were required to be let off duty for two periods between 1:00 and 5:00 AM—a “restart” that could be used once per week. This rule has since been reviewed and deemed unnecessary because it forced drivers to be on the road during high traffic which led to lower productivity. It is also not believed to have any effect on the overall safety of the drivers.
A new regulation was supposed to have been put in place in which carriers would be identified by their DOT numbers rather than their MC numbers. However, this regulation will not be implemented for quite some time because the FMCSA reported needing more time to “securely migrate data from multiple legacy platforms into a new central database.”
Although this rule is not in place yet due to a lawsuit filed before it went into effect, a new potential regulation says that salaried employees making over $47,476 per year are exempt from overtime pay. The previous law set the limit at $23,660 per year. If this law is put in place, it would also mean that 10% of an employee’s commission would go towards total compensation. Although most truck drivers are paid per mile, this regulation would affect those receiving salary as well as dispatchers and salespeople.
New rules have been put in place, for safety reasons, when it comes to the transportation of food. These regulations require that:
● the vehicles are designed and maintained well enough to keep the food in transport safe for consumption
● temperature controls are functioning and drivers are taking the proper measures to prevent contamination of food items by other items
● drivers are trained in proper transportation and sanitation and that their training is documented
● records of procedures, agreements, and driver training are maintained for up to one year
Hopefully this article has helped shed some light on the changes in the trucking industry. If you have any questions about our mobile truck repair services. . You can reach us from our homepage ( link provided above).