Transport America’s Regional Trucking Jobs and Safety
Safety surrounding Transport America’s regional trucking jobs is of upmost importance. That’s why the company is addressing the recent Hours of Service (HOS) regulation update from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As drivers and fleet managers know, the purpose of HOS is to keep drivers safe on the road by reducing fatigued driving.
The new regulations affect everyone with truck driver jobs, including those with over-the-road and regional trucking jobs. Compliance is required starting July 1, 2013.
Here’s a summary of the HOS rule changes:
- Reduced driving hours: The FMCSA is reducing the number of hours a driver can work in one week from 82 to 70.
- 34-hour restart: This states that drivers who maximize their weekly hours must take two nights to rest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. After this 34-hour rest requirement is met, the driver restarts their work hours. This may only be used once every 168 hours (seven days), thus requiring drivers to plan their work week accordingly, since two 34-hour restarts cannot occur within the same 168-hour cycle.
- Rest break: Drivers with regional trucking jobs and other truck driver jobs cannot work for more than eight consecutive hours in a 14-hour day without taking a 30-minute rest break. Drivers are encouraged to plan these breaks in the middle of a 14-hour day so two rest breaks are not required.
- On-duty time: This regulation applies only to teams. Drivers have the option to take a 10-hour sleeper berth, or they may spend two of those 10 hours in the passenger seat as off-duty time. Either situation applies to the truck being in motion as the other team member drives.
- Egregious HOS violations: Drivers with regional trucking jobs and other truck driver jobs who ignore these rules and work more than three hours beyond the driving-time limit may face civil penalties up to $2,700. Simply put, drivers need to obey the new regulations and log their hours honestly, and they won’t have to worry about violations and fines.
These rules are put in place to keep drivers safe, but they can also be confusing to follow. That’s why Transport America works to keep you up-to-date with current compliance issues and happily answers all your questions.