On Tuesday, January 3rd, the newest federal law went into effect banning the use of cell phones by truckers while driving and with it . . . came steep fines.
The FMCSA is stepping up its enforcement against motor carriers and professional truck drivers who violate safety regulations, issuing fines that can range from $1,000 to $11,000.
A driver caught using the cell phone while driving could receive a citation for as much as $300, while also receiving a fine from the Federal Government for $2,700 for safety violations. The motor carrier could be issued a fine as high as $11,000.
Although over 70% of CMV accidents are due to the direct fault of the non-cmv driver, the safety enforcement on motor carriers and truck drivers is well on its way. These massive fines fall in place with the most recent change in the hours of service rule which in some part, take effect February 27th, 2012 with full HOS compliance by July 1, 2013.
Motor carriers, which include bus lines as well, are being hit hard by the new enforcement of the FMCSA safety regulations. Recent bus lines and motor carriers who have been ordered to shut down and/or have received a cease and desist order include:
- ATA Trail Inc. – Bus
- RC Investments, Inc. – Bus
- Double Happyness Travel – Bus
- Gunthers Transport – Motor Carrier
- Clock Transport – Motor Carrier
- Cross Creek Trucking – Motor Carrier
- Triple C Transport – Motor Carrier
- JCT Motor Coach – Bus
The FMCSA has made it clear to the transportation industry that they will “ensure that all carriers are within the regulations, and any that are not will be shut down immediately.”
Both motor carriers and drivers will share in the responsibility of safe operations, facing the impact of large fines.
Regulatory expert, Richard Wilson of Trans Products Trans Services specializes in working with motor carriers and drivers in keeping in compliance with the ever-changing regulations.
He shared his expertise on the hours of service change, sleep apnea issues and the safety enforcement by FMCSA on carriers and drivers during our most recent Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio program.
HOS Rule Change, Sleep Apnea, Safety Enforcement
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