Importance of Recording Hours
Hours of Service (HOS) is one of the most crucial elements as pertains to the trucking industry, and is not something that should be observed lightly. Many companies over the years have allowed drivers to keep their own logs manually and that came with false information and long unrecorded driving hours. Needless to say these actions caused a lot of unnecessary accidents and deaths over the years. This is something that cannot be done anymore due to all of the mandates and regulations put forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Example of a Mandate
Provision: Limitations on minimum “34-hour restarts”
Current Rule: None.
Final Rule: (1) Must include two periods between 1 a.m.- 5 a.m. home terminal time.
(2) May only be used once per week.
Compliance Date: July 1, 2013
Electronic Driver’s Log (Hours of Service Log)
Electronic Driver’s Logs will become essential in 2012 as the only indisputable way to comply with the new laws. Commercial Driver’s will require a way to prove their hours of operation in the event of an inspection. An Electronic Driver’s Log eliminates fines, tags drivers out of service, and avoids countless clerical hours calculating each driver’s operating time.
Safety Track’s Hours of Service System features an electronic driver’s log, among many other crucial fleet management features.
Contact Safety Track to learn more about the M7N Fleet Management System, Electronic Driver’s Logs, or the new Hours of Service regulation.