In the past two weeks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has begun enforcing the New Entrant Safety Assurance Process rule, which requires newly registered truck and bus companies to meet stricter safety requirements.
"Safety is our highest priority," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This new rule says that we are serious about having safe trucks and buses on the road. This is important for those behind the wheels of these big rigs and those who share the road with them."
Any time the U.S. Department of Transportation enforces stricter safety requirements, it makes the roads safer for all of us.
At Driver Solutions, a complete CDL truck driver training school, we already train our students to think "safety first" at all times, but we will be updating our curriculum to reflect the new requirements as soon as they go into effect.
Under the new federal requirements, a newly registered truck driving or bus company will automatically fail its safety audit if violations of any one of 16 essential federal regulations are discovered. These regulations cover everything from controlled substances and alcohol testing, to hours-of-service rules, as well as driver qualifications, vehicle condition, and carrier insurance responsibility.
At Driver Solutions, we teach our truck drivers to perform a pre-trip inspection before they begin to drive their truck each time. If a driver has been on the road for five hours and stops to use the restroom or grab a bite to eat, he is trained to go over his truck with a fine tooth comb. Something could potentially go wrong during those five hours and if the driver doesn’t inspect his truck, he might miss a problem which could be a safety hazard for him and other drivers when he gets back on the road.
As the new rules are written, they apply to new carriers. This is understandable because they have not yet established any poor habits, so getting the new truck drivers to comply will be an easy task. Eventually, all drivers should be held to these same regulations. Driver Solutions students have already been trained to the highest safety standards, so the new regulations, when applied to all drivers, will have little effect, but it’s nice to know that the roads are safer because of the new rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.