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materials regulations, hours of service
noncompliance, unsafe driving and
other measures in the Behavior Analysis
and Safety Improvement Categories
(BASIC), it's time to step up your game.
'Conditional' No Longer
In brief, the new rules would rate a
carrier's safety performance as either
"Fit" or "Unfit," rather than the current
ratings of "Satisfactory," "Unsatisfactory," or "Conditional."
The key point is that carriers currently within the bottom 5 percent of the
Driver Fitness, Vehicle Maintenance,
and Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance BASICs should immediately begin
efforts to reduce violations found at
roadside inspections. To be clear, the exact percentile is not yet decided, but any
carrier ranking in the 95th percentile or
worse should be proactive. If the rule is
ultimately enacted, any carrier that falls
within the chosen threshold that has
received 11 or more inspections, with at
least one or more violations within the
preceding 24 months would be deemed
unfit and placed out of service. 

determine which motor carriers will be
permitted to continue operation.
The current system relies upon
Compliance Reviews that date as far
back as 1986. "...Many of the ratings are
not likely to reflect to carriers' current
safety compliance," says the FMCSA's
Carrier Safety Fitness report on the
impending changes. The agency has
also determined that the newer compliance data is a better predictor of which
carriers are unsafe.
That means if your company has been
flagged recently for violations in investigations or inspections for hazardous

Know Where You Stand
First, find out what how the proposed
rule would affect your company now.
Grab a copy of your company's Safety
Measurement System (SMS) profile,
your most recent investigation report
and go to: https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/sfd/
SFDCalculator.aspx.
Use the calculator to help determine
where you fall. Remember the calculator uses 2013 statistics as the base to
calculate the failure rate, so the numbers should be expected to vary from
the final rule, when and if it is enacted.
Essentially, do not assume that a 94th
percentile rank will necessarily ensure a
"Fit" rating down the road.  
  Second, take a close look at the violations your company received over the

preceding 24 months. Determine what
you need to improve on the most and
come up with a plan to make sure it happens. The easiest categories to address
proactively are Hours of Service, Equipment, and Hazardous Cargo violations.
Institute a careful strategy to reduce
these types of violations in the future
and make sure your company sticks to it. 
The Witching 'Hours'
Hours of Service (HOS) violations are
a prime example of an area that every
company needs to aggressively monitor. HOS violations typically raise
their ugly head here at Chamblee Ryan
when drivers, or even companies, are
generally accused of permitting drivers to drive beyond what the FMCSA
regulations permit. Driving beyond the
regulations is a surefire way to increase
the amount of money that a plaintiff's
lawyer demands if your truck is involved
in a collision. I anticipate that the HOS
violations will decrease significantly as
more companies move to electronic log
books over the next two years. The GPS
monitor cannot be beaten, so you know
-- as does the DOT -- where that truck
has been, and if it was or was not in
service. The cost to use electronic logs is
relatively low and, in the end, will earn
you money, particularly if you institute
a system to reward drivers who follow
the rules.
Paper logs are more cumbersome to
monitor, but if you have HOS violations, monitoring and effective policies
to ensure compliance with FMCSA
regulations is absolutely essential.
Whether you hire an outside service
to spot check the logs, or simply place
a portable GPS unit on the tractor and
compare it with the logs turned in, or
compare fuel receipts with log book entries, you must create a culture for your
company that HOS violations will not
be tolerated. After all, your operating
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