Tough new carrier safety regs are rolling out across the country and will be in full effect by this fall, and what you don’t know CAN hurt you. Your friends at TBS Factoring Service recommend you go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website and find out all you can, to make sure you stay in service on the road. In the meantime, here are some quick tips to chew on over your next oil change.
• Take Charge. Regular vehicle inspection is more important than ever. Don’t wait for problems to show up in a random roadside inspection. Schedule your own Level I inspection and get a CVSA sticker when you know your truck, trailer and logs are in good condition. The sticker won’t exempt you from routine Level II and Level III roadside scale inspections, but it should meet your annual Level I inspection requirement, unless you have an accident or some other event that might trigger a more comprehensive inspection.
• Protect your record. Two accidents, regardless of cause, can put a driver out of business. If you are in an accident, even if it is only hitting a deer, be sure to get a written statement from law enforcement specifying that you were not at fault, and that the accident was unavoidable.
• No fudging. FMCSA investigators are focusing heavily on hours-of-service violations. Any logbook issues are serious infractions and will result in an instant unsatisfactory rating.
It’s hard enough making a living these days. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. We hope you found these tips useful.