In August, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made a fairly large splash when it announced the start on its latest round of ‘rulemaking’ to consider changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rules. If you’ve been in trucking for a while, you’re probably well aware of how many HOS rule changes have been considered and made just since the year 2000. With the ELD compliance date in the rear-view mirror, it was only a matter of time until we saw this Administration, and the FMCSA leadership, try to put its stamp on these important safety and operational rules.
Before hyping FMCSA’s latest action too much, let me be clear. The action FMCSA took in 2018 toward changing the HOS rules is the first step in a long journey—a journey that’s typically measured in years. This process will be no different. But, as the old adage goes, every journey starts with the first step.
The ‘advance notice of proposed rulemaking’ published in 2018 was FMCSA’s way of telling the trucking industry and others who care (i.e., shippers, logistics providers, truck insurers, safety organizations, etc.) that it’s seriously considering changes to certain parts of the rules. In this case, four provisions have been teed up for potential change: (1) the mandatory ‘30-minute rest break’; (2) the ‘split sleeper berth’ provision; (3) the short-haul operations exception (i.e., the 100 air-mile radius exception); and (4) the “adverse driving conditions” exception. FMCSA posed questions, and solicited answers and feedback, on each of these provisions. Some of FMCSA’s questions were:
The North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year. With this in mind, let’s go back to the beginning, as most of our members likely have little knowledge of NATMI’s rich history.
NATMI was originally named National Committee on Automotive Fleet Supervisor Training (and later the National Committee for Motor Fleet Supervisor Training and Certification), which was founded at the Pennsylvania State University in 1944 by ''The Father of Driver Education," Professor Amos E. Neyhart.
Largely through Dr. Neyhart’s efforts, several nationally known organizations in the fields of automotive transportation, highway safety, and insurance met in New York City on March 28, 1944 with the objective of helping fleet owners and operators improve driver selection, training, control, and general operating efficiency for safer and more profitable operation.
Each cooperating organization – which included the American Automobile Association, the American Trucking Associations, the National Safety Council and several other associations – would appoint a representative to the Committee to serve as a specialist in some phase of the Committee's work. In addition, more than 100 experienced leaders in the fields of highway transportation, safety, maintenance and insurance served voluntarily on various subcommittees to develop course content and to direct the national program.
The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) has released a new publication that addresses entry level driver training (ELDT) requirements for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). PTDI’s E‐Z Guide to the Entry‐Level Driver Regulation is intended for any and all organizations who offer this type of training and must now comply with the new Federal rule.
The Guide provides details for all CMV driver training, including CDL Class A, Class B, Passenger, School Bus and Hazardous Materials endorsements. For those assessing where to start with the new ELDT regulation, this publication is a comprehensive primer that guides your focus. The Guide is a must for trainers, safety directors, administration and instructors.
As part of the new regulation, all Driver Trainees must complete a prescribed program of instruction provided by an entity that is listed on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). The E‐Z Guide to the Entry‐Level Driver Regulation is a go‐to‐resource for schools to earn and maintain their registration.
Authored by Chris Antonik, M. Ed., CDL‐A, current PTDI Certification Commission Chair, the Guide brings years of hands‐on expertise from the commercial transportation industry. Antonik retired as the Director of Delaware Technical Community College’s Truck Driver Training and is currently a driver with Eagle Transport.