Trucking News - Relaxed HOS Rules & Scorecards

FMCSA relaxes HOS rules in response to pipeline hack. Here’s what you should know:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a temporary exemption for commercial motor vehicles from hours-of-service regulations to support relief efforts related to fuel supplies in several East Coast states following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline.

Here are four things to know:

The HOS exemption applies to specific states. The notice applies to drivers and motor carriers hauling diesel, gasoline, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products to Alabama, Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

You must be engaged in relief efforts. The HOS exemption ends when a driver or CMV is no longer used in support of emergency relief efforts. When a driver is moving from emergency relief efforts to normal operations a 10-hour break is required when the total time a driver operates conducting emergency relief efforts, or a combination of emergency relief and normal operation, equals 14 hours.

Deadlines can shift. It HOS exemption will remain in place until June 8 or until the agency declares otherwise. All other federal rules remain in force, but state rules may change. Georgia and North Carolina have issued weight waivers for trucks on state roadways. Other states are considering similar action.

We’re here to help. If you have questions about your Transflo ELD and how to use it to manage emergency declarations, contact us. We’re here to help.

Up your efficiency game with driver scorecards

Fleets that optimize their route planning not only reduce the distance they drive, they lower emissions, fuel costs and the risk of an accident.

Doug Schrier, Transflo’s SVP of Strategy, spoke with Commercial Carrier Journal about how fleets are using Transflo’s Mobile+ driver app, ELD, telematics and back-office automation platform to track a wide range of KPIs, including equipment utilization and efficiency.

“Transflo works with fleets on ROI accelerators to understand where performance is today and how to drive it forward,” Doug tells CCJ.

One of the most useful KPIs fleets can use to tighten up their network is the percent difference in “directed miles” or routes that fleets provide to drivers through navigation and the actual miles that drivers ran.

Transflo has a driver scorecard in its mobile app that fleets can use to share individual fuel economy results with drivers and make them aware of non-necessary miles so they can self-manage corrections.

“This percentage tends to be pretty high. It’s not unusual for actual mileage to exceed directed miles by 10%,” he says.

Check out this video to learn more about how this powerful analytic tool from Transflo can improve communication with drivers as well as your back office.

Make-A-Wish, UPS make Mateo’s wish come true 

It’s been a tough road for Mateo Toscano, but last week the 6-year-old from Stockton, California, had his biggest wish come true: to drive around town delivering packages as an honorary UPS driver.

On May 6, Mateo, diagnosed with leukemia, put on a custom UPS uniform and joined his favorite UPS driver, Dave, to make deliveries to various Stockton city officials, local police and others.

Then he brought Mother's Day gifts to his mother and grandmother.

Mateo got to practice driving his own miniature UPS truck with a sign #MateoDeliversHope along his route. The day was organized by Make-A-Wish Northeastern and Central California & Northern Nevada with help from UPS and Macy’s.

Watch Mateo make deliveries through Stockton.

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