Reduce your liablity

Recently a North Carolina fleet was sentenced to 60 months of probation for the falsification of drivers' hours of service (HOS). While in this specific case company executives appear to have been a party to the falsification, this is not always the case. Sometimes bad apples work their way into the driver pool, and possibly into your fleet. Whether they are pushing hard to make up for inefficiencies, or cutting a few corners to make it home a little sooner, the effects of log tampering can be disastrous.

Whether you agree with the current HOS rules or not, it doesn't change the fact that it is the standard to which all drivers and fleets are held. Rules have been developed to improve conditions, reduce fatigue and the chance of accidents from overworked drivers. Every fleet should have a set of rules and policies surrounding their driver logs and HOS requirements, and ensure their drivers are aware of what is expected and the ramifications of policy violations.

Today, technology is being developed and improved to help drivers and fleets conform more easily to these regulations. Electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) can automatically monitor the drive time, idle time, and miles traveled by drivers. Creating electronic log books reduces the chance of driver error when filing out reports and all but eliminates the possibility of "cooking the books." In the case of the fleet in North Carolina, they're required to convert to computerized monitoring devices for all of their trucks.

Technologies like EOBR not only keep honest workers honest, they also have the potential to improve efficiencies.

As we approach the New Year many fleets start to plan for next year's purchases. This is a good time to review your policies, ensure drivers are aware of them, and evaluate new technologies that can help reduce your fleets risk from rogue drivers and managers.

This entry was posted on November 5th, 2012 by bobby and is filed under Recent News & Updates.