USA eases several rules for truck drivers

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, starting Dec. 18th, U.S. truck drivers in most cases will no longer have to file a report if an inspection of their equipment shows no maintenance issues and safety defects.  The rule change will mean drivers won’t have to file a report when no equipment problems or safety issues are found during inspections 95 percent of the time.

By dropping the driver vehicle inspection reporting (DVIR) requirement when no safety defects or mechanical deficiencies are found, the trucking industry will save an estimated $1.7 billion annually, according to the U.S. DOT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that drivers spend nearly 46.7 million hours each year completing DVIRs. Driver vehicle inspection reporting has created the 19th-largest federal paperwork burden, but the rule change will drop the requirement to 79thplace, FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling said in a statement.

In addition, the portion of the 34 hour restart rule that requires truckers to take two rest periods between 1am and 5am is being repealed. This will allow truckers to travel unhindered when the roads are the least busy, and will also allow them to reset their weekly hours before 7 full days have passed.

This change will only remain in effect until September 30, 2015, unless Congress acts to make it permanent.
Stay informed with RCL Agencies updates about the global shipping and trade regulations.