Revised regulations FMCSA

FMCSA revises the hours of service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers subject to those rules without adversely affecting safety. Hutch is already working on implementing these changes and will soon have it available

Revised Requirements and their impacts on the Industry:


Changes -
The maximum work period allowed under the short-haul exemption extended from 12 to 14 hoursThe maximum driving radius also increased from 100 air-miles to 150 air-milesImpacts -
More companies and Drivers can now take advantage of the Short-haul exception (150 air-mile radius)This will shift the workload from Long-haul to Short-haul companies and Drivers, giving more opportunity to Short-haul drivingThere will be no or minimal changes to the total hours driven or Vehicle Miles TravelledAdverse Driving Conditions or as OOIDA says “Unforeseen” Driving Conditions

Changes -
Drivers can now extend their maximum driving window by up to 2 hours during Unforeseen Driving Conditions. Adv…

At this time of Pandemic. Are Truckers still paying their fixed Monthly bills?

Amid the Coronavirus or COVID19 Lockdown even though the world stays home, the efforts being put by the Truckers and Drivers on the Roads might go unnoticed. While the truckers continue delivering loads and follow COVID19 safety procedures with uncertainty in their business, they are facing many obstacles including unavailability of basic necessities on the road like food, coffee, auto repair shops, etc. 

It is of utmost importance that each individual did something to help the Truckers in need. The Truckers that deliver Bread, Milk, Eggs, Meat and every basic resource we should be thankful for today. Drivers are ‘essential service,’ and we need to help them continue operating.

The COVID19 lockdown has put down many businesses and has also affected the Trucking industry hugely. However, trucking companies and truckers must continue paying their fixed monthly bills. The question arises, Why pay fixed monthly bills when it is uncertain if the Truck will continue on the road? 

We should tak…

Optimal Driver Training Program-A key to organizational profits

Proper fleet management is linked with successful driving habits as it has a significant impact on corporate success. Maintaining a safe fleet is integral for a firm due to high-risk disasters associated with it. Even a small mistake can lead to a hazardous accident.

To keep your drivers up to date on safety standards, implement a robust training program.

How to build a successful driver training regime? To create a successful “Driver Training Regime”, follow the below-given strategy: Analyze driver needs: A big thanks to “Telematics Technology” that helps to generate a perfect plan of current fleet standards highlighting risky areas like idling, speeding, collision reports, and hard braking. This data is then evaluated to detect areas needing improvements. Furthermore, you can assess other essential trends in your fleets.

Determine the appropriate training technique: Once the training needs are analyzed, there is a need to finalize the type of skills and knowledge that a driver should …

Derive fundamental information through Fleet Management Reports

Gain a bird eye view of your fleet health through the “Hutch Report System” that provides top-level insight into actionable data. You can measure success by determining key performance indicators as well as opportunities for cost reductions.

Get a crystal clear summary of all fleet-related activities  You can simply check which operation has been performed and what can be done for improving vehicle and driver performance. Hutch will provide you all sorts of reports you need on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Below given are some of the reports that “Hutch” provides as per your company requirements:

StateWise Distance Reports This report provides a distance summary of a vehicle in a chosen state.  Excel ReportsDaily on Duty Reports- It provides information about on-duty hours of a chosen driver for a given period. Users & Drivers Reports- It shows the list of all drivers and user accounts for the selected period. Vehicles Reports- It displays the vehicle activity for the selecte…

FMCSA gives HOS regulatory relaxation to CMV Drivers in response to COVID-19

President Trump declares a national emergency due to the spread of coronavirus disease. In this emergency, trucks form a critical part of moving goods from one place to another. Therefore, the drivers transporting relief products are exempt to follow FMCSA Part 390-399 regulations. This decision is made to help impacted areas to ensure the safety of their residents.
Fleet operations that are exempted from HOS rules  This suspension covers motor carrier operations providing direct help in relief efforts like:

Transportation of hand sanitizers, masks, disinfectants, soaps, and other sanitation services to prevent the spread of COVID-19Hauling medical equipment required for testing and diagnosing COVID-19 and its treatment.Supplying Food items for restocking storesMoving infected individuals as designated by federal authorities for isolation or quarantine purposes. Transporting equipment required to house quarantine services that facilitate persons against COVID-19. Delivering other emer…

How can you stay on top of fleet compliance?

Ensuring assets and staff in the field are safe and compliant with DOT regulations can be challenging, but we make it simple by providing you tools required to build a safer fleet. By improving regulatory compliance requirements, you will be able to decrease liability and also cut down the cost of insurance claims.

Safety and compliance in fleet operations
Fleet compliance is the only driving force behind running safe operational practices as it prevents unscheduled downtime. Ensuring fleet compliance is a continuous process due to its ever-changing business needs raised or introduced by FMCSA.  All you need to do is execute a comprehensive approach covering different fleet management aspects that need to be met. The concerned areas of compliance are: Driver training and scorecardRisk management and safety programs Vehicle maintenance and repairVehicle licensing, registration and permitting Measures to promote driver safety Before a driver is assigned safety-sensitive operations, the …

Tips to avoid accidents on the road

Trucking is one of those high-risk industries causing traffic fatalities and truck accidents due to its size, high speed and cargo they are hauling.  Drivers need to pay constant attention to their vehicle as even one second of distracted truck driving may pose a serious risk to not only drivers but also to other people on the road.
Some of the common causes of accidents determined by safety administration are:Speeding: One of the major causes of a truck crash is driving above the speed limit. Speeding is done by the driver usually to meet the deadlines within the stipulated time duration. Fatigue: Another main reason behind road accidents is driver fatigue as they tend to exceed their driving hours to make maximum deliveries. Distracted driving: Distracted driving is another big concern behind fatalities caused when a driver is driving taking phone calls, chatting behind the wheel, eating etc. Intoxicated drivers: Drugged driving is highly unsafe and put driver and others on road at …