The ‘Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food‘ rule of the FDA is directed at “shippers, receivers, loaders and carriers who transport food in the United States by motor or rail vehicle, whether or not the food is offered for or enters interstate commerce.” The food safety rules became effective on April 6, 2017 for brokers and shippers who have more than 500 employees, as well as motor carriers with $27.5 million in annual receipts or more. For all other businesses who are covered under the rule, the effective date of the requirements is April 6, 2018.
The size and scope of the regulatory state has increased costs and created uncertainty for many industries. Reforming it is critical to the continued growth and competitiveness of our economy. But in the mission to cut red tape, it’s important to understand that not all regulations are created equal. In some cases, repealing or delaying certain rules is bad for business. Worse, it could endanger safety.
Commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel in Canada and the United States conducted more than 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck, June 6-8, 2017. 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers that received Level I Inspections were placed out of service.
Drivers fear that the ELD Mandate cost will allow contracting companies to exert more pressure and take advantage of independent drivers.
Following up on a two-year-old proposal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will launch on Aug. 1 a demonstration program that will enable motor carriers to dispute the determination of certain truck crashes as “preventable.” The program could lead to improved Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores for carriers if the agency reclassifies the cause of crashes previously deemed preventable.
As of Dec. 18, most drivers who currently maintain records-of-duty status — about 3 million, according to the FMCSA — will be using ELD Devices or risk out-of-service violations.
Most fleets will be using devices that come with a monthly service plan, most often associated with a connection to the cellular data network. That connectivity means ELDs are Internet of Things devices — which raises cyber-security concerns.