Stay Compliant and Maintain Safe Fleet Operations

As trucking companies are boosting their performance, there is also the need to improve business by staying Fleet management software compliant with the regulations set by (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) FMCSA and maintain the assets (trucks) that help the business to grow, which are governed by (Department of Transportation) DOT.

Fleet companies are directed to stay up to date on legislation that affects how they do the business. They must take active steps to manage and improve the safety of their commercial vehicles and drivers. Compliance regulations set by FMCSA are critical to avoid fines and lawsuits. At the same time, DOT governs the safe operations of the fleet. This guide includes best practices on:

 

How to keep your business compliant and implement a fleet safety policy?

 

Compliance Regulations:  

 

Hours of Service (HOS):

HOS is a rule that monitors commercial drivers working hours. It describes the maximum number of consecutive hours that a driver can drive or work before taking a rest or break. It is designed to prevent accidents resulting from driver fatigue. Violations of HOS rules can attract fines and affect the carrier’s safety ratings.

FD360 can be linked with Samsara and other leading ELD providers so you can track HOS of your drivers.

FMCSA manages the compliance and safety program, identifying commercial operators with safety concerns with their drivers or vehicles. FMCSA uses the program to score, rank, and group the commercial operators based on how many safety events they went through over a given period.

Below are the seven-behavior analysis and safety improvement categories to rank the businesses.

 

Crash indicator, controlled substances/alcohol, driver fitness, hazardous materials compliance, HOS compliance, unsafe driving, vehicle maintenance. FD360 has a feature to log all the details and generate a report based on the requirement of FMCSA with one click.

 

Drug and Alcohol Testing:

The FMCSA’s drug and alcohol regulations determine who is subjected to testing, when they must get tested and how testing must be done. Fleet owners must conduct drug and alcohol testing in the following cases:

  1. Before being hired as a driver.
  2. When there is reasonable suspicion or cause of illegal drug or alcohol use.
  3. When returning to active driving duty.
  4. To follow up on a reported concern.
  5. Following an accident or incident.
  6. On a random basis.

FMCSA also maintains a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse system with a database of drivers who have failed the test or refused to take one. FD360 can directly communicate with FMCSA and help you hire the safest drivers.

 

 

Implementing Fleet Safety Policy:

It’s the most vital part of running your business successfully. A fleet safety policy provides a clear picture to the driver about the fleet owner’s expectations. This policy should mainly focus on the importance. Fleet management software for drivers’ safety, such as fatigue, restrictions, etc. It must include clear communication of safety messages, safe driving instructions, license checks, regular vehicle maintenance, and incident reporting.

FleetDrive360 can assure you to secure all the essential data related to your trucking business and produce reports with just one click.