Be part of a professional team, working together to build a company for now and the future.

Whether paid by the mile, salary or percentage of the load, professionalism is the common denominator.  

All Professional Drivers

Obey 100% of DOT regulations. 

Pre-Inspection

Post Inspections with time date photos are required at regular intervals as required by dispatch.  If it is “your” truck, post inspections are not as regular.  If a shared truck, daily post-inspections are mandatory. Not performing proper pre-inspections are grounds for forfeiture of pay and a back charge for avoidable mechanical issues. 

 If properly documented, 15 minute, pre-inspection is made and results if negative, made known to dispatch, the driver is not at fault nor liable for any costs. Instead, the driver receives pay, hotel and per-diem as required. 

Example  

Driver did  not know that the antifreeze level was leaking, indicating a pending mechanical failure, at 70 miles per hour, the engine quit light came on, the fan shroud was busted, plastic parts got into the air cooler, the radiator, hoses and belts.  The tow was $1250. 

If Careful pre-inspections were made scheduled repair cost $1200

No pre inspections $8,000 plus tow for a total bill of $9320.  

If no pre inspection, the driver is not only facing forfeiture, but also a back charge for the avoidable repairs on company vehicles. 

ELD Compliance

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First, we know that, since 2018, accruing fines for ELD violations impact CSA scores. As you know, CSA scores get calculated on a 100 percentile scale, with 100 being the worst. CSA stands for compliance, safety, and accountability. A higher score points to a greater risk of accidents due to poor behavior or compliance. As such, consumers use these scores to determine which company they’d like to work with. But it’s not just customers you have to worry about.

The FMCSA looks at your scores as well. Any carrier with a score greater than 65% is subject to investigation. This is just for the categories of unsafe driving, crash indicator, and HoS compliance. For the BASIC categories, the threshold is 80%. For carriers of hazardous materials, the threshold is 50%. Again, customers and the FMCSA aren’t the only ones to look at these scores. Insurance companies also view these scores. Those with a lower score indicate lower risk, and therefore have lower premiums.

If a high CSA score doesn’t scare you into compliance, perhaps the fines will. Here is a run down of some of the fines for not being eld compliant:

$12,135 for knowingly falsifying electronic log records ($1,214 per day), Reporting and recording fines range from $1,045 to $7,864

Commercial regulation violations, with the ELD mandate, result in a per person fine of $10,450. This includes the LTL driver, long-haul truckers, and even freight brokers. Bus drivers, train operators, and passenger carriers pay an ELD violation fine of $26,126. Hazardous material violations can equate fines as hefty as $182,877 The average cost of ELD HoS fines is $2,867, while the highest fine recorded is $13,680. Since most fleets have dozens or even hundreds of fleet vehicles, these fines can really add up. Add these to the costs that build up when your fleet vehicle faces placement out of service. Yes, placement out of service is another consequence of DOT ELD fines.

Fleet Drivers Placed Out-of-Service

The average ELD fine cost should be enough of a deterrent from violation. But to really drive their point home, the FMCSA may also place your driver out of service. Drivers may be out of service for up to 10 hours. It can be much longer if violations continue. Each day they are out of service, you lose an estimated $264. Not to mention the damage it does to your CSA score and customer satisfaction. In addition to the fines and delay, the driver’s vehicle may need towing services. On average, towing costs will run you about $344 (for a 40-mile tow).

Owner operators may use their own ELD, or the company system. If a driver falsified his ELD, or willfully breaks the ELD mandate, then the company may, at its own discretion, terminate, forfeit pay, or impose penalties.  In all cases, the Driver is responsible for all fines associated with ELD violations. 

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