JBS spokesman Chandler Keys said the fleet’s newest trucks were the first to have this equipment this year. “It improves productivity,” Keys said. “We can access real-time data.”
A carrier with a 10 percent or greater violation rate for hours-of-service regulations will receive an EOBR remedial directive, requiring the devices on every truck in the fleet.
A FMCSA spokeswoman said she didn’t know how many other carriers have received this order, or if JBS is the first to be affected.
The agency issued the order for JBS after it found serious violations of HOS rules and CDL requirements. In the FMCSA’s Oct. 7 final settlement agreement, it cited JBS for 102 counts of falsifying drivers’ HOS records and three counts of allowing drivers with a suspended, revoked or canceled CDL to operate a motor vehicle.
The FMCSA said if the carrier did not comply by deadline, it would face $81,780 in civil fines, although Keys said agency officials agreed to reduce fines to $16,000.
The company, a division of JBS USA, one of the world’s largest protein companies, must also train drivers on using the devices and develop a safety management system integrating EOBR data into drivers’ HOS oversight.
In April, the agency issued a final rule requiring EOBRs for two years on carriers with a 10 percent or greater occurrence of HOS non-compliance in a single compliance review. The rule has a June 4, 2012, deadline.
The agency will consider, through a notice-and-comment rulemaking, how many more of the estimated 5,700 carriers will come under the order.
— Jill Dunn
Provider to partner with truck stop clinic
Sleep HealthCenters is partnering with Roadside Medical Clinics to provide services as part of Roadside Medical’s driver wellness programs.
Brighton, Mass.-based sleep Heath Centers will provide diagnosis and treatment support for truckers with sleep disorders.
Based in Sarasota, Fla., Roadside Medical manages a network of clinics at some Pilot Travel Centers.
— Staff reports
Hubbard named Highway Angel of year