The Rules Are Changing

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf Photo“Over the years, regulations have added still more complexity to fleet operations, and the most recent regulations have only had a multiplier effect. I don’t know how fleets do it, frankly,” says Richard P. Schweitzer, general counsel for the National Private Truck Council.

The above is a quote from FleetOwner magazine. Isn’t it the truth? Even if you don’t do any heavy-duty towing and have one tow truck, you are being regulated — somehow.

The magazine went on to list a driver rules watch list that is “on the hot seat” for the trucking industry and includes:

Requiring sleep-apnea evaluation/treatment

Mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)

Revising scoring aspects of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program

Determining entry-level driver training standards

Establishing a clearinghouse for drug/alcohol-use violations

Eliminating the need to create/retain Driver Vehicle-Inspection Reports (DVIR) when no defects are noted.

 

There was also a note to keep an eye out for developments on rules that would:

Further change Hours Of Service (HOS) regs

Mandate truck-speed limiters

Allow persons with insulin-treated diabetes to drive without a medical waiver

Prohibit “driver coercion”

The rules are changing and I realize that not all of these changes will affect tow companies, but a lot of these changes will affect the profitability of your business. They will affect your equipment, drivers, operations and maintenance.

I have a small towing company and as Mr. Schweitzer stated, I don’t know how truck fleets do it. I can hardly keep up with licensing, fuel reports, random drug testing, the revised CSA program, etc. It seems we can live by 10 rules that haven’t changed in thousands of years, but have to be able to run a business with more and more ever-changing rules that take more and more out of our pockets. Rules are good to have, especially when keeping the roads safe, but to me, it seems that sometimes, common sense is not figured in the formula.