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'FITNESS' TEST
In the proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule, the FMCSA intends to review millions
of inspection and investigation records on a monthly basis to help determine which trucking companies are "fit" or "unfit" to remain on the road.
Key points:
-- The agency currently rates trucking companies "Satisfactory," "Unsatisfactory," or
"Conditional."
-- Under the proposed rules, an operator can trigger an "unfit" or an "out of service" finding
if their company has been investigated or been inspected on the side of the road 11 or
more times in the preceding 24 months, and has received one or more violations in one or
more BASIC categories.
-- The proposed rule uses a drop-dead failure threshold for each of five BASIC categories
(Unsafe Driving, Hours of Service Compliance, Vehicle Maintenance, Hazardous Materials
Compliance; and Driver Fitness).
-- In 2012, the federal government gave "unsatisfactory" safety ratings to about 1,000
carriers. Under the new rules another 1,800 carriers would be flagged as "unfit."

Be efficient and find creative ways to
minimize costs. Reward safe drivers and
thorough mechanics. Do not be afraid
to address recurring equipment issues
with anyone.
  An effective equipment maintenance
policy will reduce equipment violations,
which could cost exponentially more
when the new rules are adopted.

company quickly authorizes the repairs
from the provider.
The top complaint I hear from drivers
is that they asked for a repair, only
to have it denied after waiting for a
decision for several hours. I encourage
company managers to speak directly
with their mechanics to tackle truck
repairs and maintenance immediately.
Even mention that their work is key in
keeping the entire operation in business,
given the impending changes in the
safety-rating system. Like mechanics,
drivers should carefully look at tires,
brakes, and lights as often as possible.

Taking 'Hazards' from Hazmat
Hazardous Material violations are
the third area where companies can
efficiently reduce FMCSA violations.
Do this by carefully training and placing
only your best drivers at the helm of a
hazardous load. It's important for these
drivers to drive slowly, carefully and to
make sure they have the proper placards
displayed. They need to stick to designated routes and should not deviate
unless necessary. Above all, designate
an employee in your company to be the
go-to person to handle calls from drivers
with questions about hauling and handling hazardous materials.

Trucking companies
that can adapt to
these changes will likely
survive and thrive.
When, Not If
The proposed rules do not yet have an
effective date, however, comments from
the public were due by April 20. We
anticipate that the rule will be adopted
in some form in the future. While new
regulations and tougher standards are
seldom welcomed by the industries
they impact, trucking companies that
can adapt to these changes will likely
survive and thrive. The others will be
left behind.
H. Peyton Inge IV is a transportation attorney at Dallas-based Chamblee, Ryan, Kershaw
& Anderson PC, which guides trucking companies nationwide through local, state and
federal legal compliance issues.
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