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Trucking Safety Violations Bring Steep Fines

FMCSA Safety Enforcement

FMCSA Safety Enforcement

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:

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.

Richard Wilson of Trans Services

Richard Wilson of Trans Services

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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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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6 Responses to Trucking Safety Violations Bring Steep Fines. - Post a Comment

  1. randall riggins

    When will the fmcsa will start paying the truckers cell phone bill?

  2. Kevin

    And like always . even though its been proven time and time again , we the CDL driver get screwed for the irresponsible actions of 4 wheelers .
    And like always , we just sit back and take it. It has been talked about and its true , if we all were to shut it down and bring the USA to its knees , then and only then would the public know what really goes on out here . Yes it would hurt a lot of people but , we are being treated like criminals . This is 99% about money and control .

  3. gerald henrick

    what i would like to see is every trucker to refuse to go into each state one by one starting with calif. for 2 or 3 days then another state so on and so fourth.

  4. alex

    I drove for 14 years before deciding enough was enough. I cannot begin to recall all of the times that i was “required” to break the hours of service regulation by the motor carrier i was employed with. I was told point in fact on quite a few occasions to break the law by dispatchers and many more times it was just inferred. Now what is the fmcsa doing about dispatchers and motor carriers forcing drivers to make deliveries they know full well that that they cannot make because of the hours of service regulations?

    Stopping drivers and giving them a fine is not solving the problem because more often than not its the dispatchers and motor carriers forcing them to do it by threats of losing their livelihoods or loss of wages when they decide to starve them out when they wont comply with their wishes.

    This problem will never be solved unless the federal government takes actions against the “REAL” problem and not just cleaning up the aftermath.

  5. Gary Brent

    I am a former FedEx Express Tractor/Trailer Driver Trainer, I was terminated by FedEx for taking pictures of FedEx Ground Trailers and FedEx Express Tractors and Trailers that had numerous FMCSA Regulation violations. I am one of many Whistle Blowers terminated by FedEx for refusing to break U.S. Federal Laws(FAA/FAR’S and FMCSA Regulations. I went to FedEx Management in 1997 with a list of unsafe FedEx Vehicles, at a FedEx Workgroup Meeting I was told by a FedEx Regional VP in front of my peers, :You are too preoccupied with safety.” At FedEx, “Safety is our top priority” says Fred Smith. People should take a look at FedEx Ground’s Safety Rating, it is terrible and FedEx has killed and maimed numerous innocent people. How does this happen in the 21 st century? The U.S. Federal Government is in collusion with FedEx who donates enormous sums of money to the U.S. Congress and lobbyists. It seems like Fred Smith and FedEx are trying to take the workers’ back
    to the ending 19th and beginning of the 20th century. These CEO’s refer to themselves as Capitalists, the appropriate term should be,
    “Robber Barons” I strongly believe that the U.S. Government is trying to put the small independent truckers out of business with regulations,
    while companies like FedEx routinely violates U.S. Federal Laws.
    When is the Government and companies like FedEx going to start treating Truck Drivers like the professionals, they truly are?

  6. Kirk Kostoff

    So, we as drivers are responsible for the protection of the credentials we earned. While it appears that the conglomerates, carriers etc. are in collusion the reality is that collusion does not matter. The driver is the one subject to the enforcement of the regulation. Therefore it is incumbent upon the credentialed driver to protect their asset. The CDL.

    Knowledge of your industry, your FMCSR and your willingness to stop directing your frustration at the offender will help make the changes.

    Stand up for you. The offender knows he is offending. You won’t change that. The reason is the offender does not care.

    If a house is burning, get out and move on. Think, be well.

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