Regulatory Changes for Concrete Trucks are Coming
Posted by Cliff J. on November 29, 2016 in Trucker Focus

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) lobbied congress and won. The NRMCA was able to get the FMCSA to make a few changes regarding the FAST Act, or Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The FAST Act, passed by Congress October 1, 2015, required the FMCSA to make regulatory changes to their laws that meet the new requirements. However, there were two key exemptions that the NRMCA fought for. The first was the 30-minute break rule and the other was the 100 air-mile logging rule.

The 30-minute break rule exemption allows drivers of mixed concrete trucks to count the time they spend waiting on a job site to meet the requirement for the 30-minute rest break. This will really help these drivers as they spend lots of time waiting on job sites. Forcing them to wait even longer once they left the job site could have hurt businesses.

The other exemption for mixed concrete trucks is the 100 air-mile logging rule. This new exemption increased the 12-hour logging threshold to 14 hours—making it consistent with the 14-hour window that is in the HOS regulations.

Another outcome of these exemptions is the way the FMCSA incorporated the language into their Code of Federal Regulations likely preempts the concrete truck industry from having to install Electronic Logging Devices in many cases. What do you think about how the NRMCA lobbied for their industry and won? Are there other exemptions you would like to see made?

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I bring over 30 years of trucking industry experience to Acuity. I worked my way up from driving to managing the safety operations of a transportation company, culminating in owning and managing my own regional trucking company. My main goal at Acuity is to help you, the motor carrier, the owner/operator and the driver better understand the insurance industry and help shape Acuity’s products and services to better meet your needs. I regularly provide ongoing trucking training to Acuity employees to help them understand the unique needs of those in the trucking/transportation industry. With over 30 years in the transportation sector, as both a company driver and as owner and manager of a trucking company, I have first-hand experience that helps me understand the challenges truckers’ face, and detailed knowledge of transportation regulations. My experience coupled with a background in insurance loss control can help answer and provide solutions to any issues that may arise.

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Posted By: Cliff J. on March 9, 2018 in Trucker Focus
Though your team does a good job managing your operations and you're proud of your safety performance, you still ended up with a Conditional or Unsatisfactory rating. In other words, the FMCSA auditor has determined that your company failed to have “adequate safety management controls in place to ensure compliance with the safety fitness standard.”
Posted By: Cliff J. on January 19, 2018 in Trucker Focus
In my role as Trucking Specialist at Acuity, I have the opportunity to speak with many motor carriers. As with any new regulation, I've found that the ELD mandate has produced some frustration within the trucking industry. However, by and large, it seems most motor carriers have adopted this technology with open arms.