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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

American Trucking Associations recommend flexibility for truckers

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The ATA has requested the federal regulators to add more flexibility to the truckers' hours of service rules, but not to cut the daily driving limit of 11 hours

A senior ATA official said that the current rules are working successfully at the first of four Federal Motor Carrier Administration "listening sessions" on trucking hours of service.

"Retain them, but add flexibility to the sleeper berth provision," this was said by Dave Osiecki, senior vice president. He also said that for the last six years the highway safety has enhanced under these rules. The rules were introduced in 2003.

The sleeper berth availability helps the trucker to take an eight-hour break in the truck cab as part of 10-hour rest period which is very much required, while stopping the 14-hour on-duty clock. When a driver starts the trip at 6 a.m., stop at 12 p.m, and take eight hours break, will still have six hours of driving time left, through 2 a.m. the next morning.

The previous Hours of Service (HOS) rules, which dated back to the 1930s, permitted the truck drivers to take break any time. Those rules forced a 10-hour driving limit.

Osiecki has requested FMCSA to give a serious consideration for encouraging circadian friendly sleep and naps by providing flexibility in the sleeper berth provision.

This not only helps the truck drivers to relax themselves but also save the lives of many. So let's hope for a positive reply from FMCSA.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 10:37 PM permanent link  

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Pre-employment screening program of FMCSA has accomplished the trucking group's goal


A driver pre-employment screening program presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has accomplished a long-sought goal of the American Trucking Associations.

In the month of December, FMCSA announced plans to proffer carriers access to an electronic database of drivers' scrutiny and accident records starting from December. Drivers had to sign an approval form agreeing to allow trucking companies to access the information. It also offers a chance to the drivers to verify and correct their records.

The program allows the hiring companies to look at the accident history of the truck divers before employing them.

Since 2002, American Trucking Associations and the trucking industry has urged FMCSA to offer a bigger access to an applicant's history of roadside driver and vehicle inspections including traffic law violations, and DOT reportable crashes to appraise the driver's past safety performance. The Motor Carrier Management Information System database holds safety event data for about 4 million commercial drivers.

This has helped the trucking companies to hire the safest drivers and thereby saving the lives of many.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 4:02 AM permanent link  

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