Leslie Stout, CalArk's Director of Safety, has lots of good news about how our drivers have been adapting to the HOS regulations. In the last 24 months, we've had 603 inspections and only 9 HOS violations.
That's only 1.5%, which is pretty incredible for something new and complicated. Leslie says, "there are many folks just trying to navigate new waters." That goes for inspectors as well as drivers. She expects other states to be more strict on guidelines as they get used to new regulations.
(If you're curious about the few violations we did see, Georgia accounted for four of our nine violations, and the main issue we had was with keeping log books and instruction cards in the truck. Make sure you have 'em with you!)
Another impressive statistic has to do with the threshold for a Hazardous Materials Carrier like CalArk on CSA for HOS violations. At 15%, we're well below the 65% that would cause us to be put in Alert Status.
Leslie calls this "terrific" and says she attributes this to "our standards company wide, our teamwork through and support between the departments, our auditing processes in the Safety Department, and our drivers’ commitment to Safety. We preach and teach doing things the right way (logging) because it is the right thing to do from Orientation throughout a driver’s tenure. We make our expectations clear on HOS from the very beginning. I think the drivers know and respect us for that, and they take pride in it."
At CalArk, we appreciate that, and it continues to make us proud of our hard-working, focused drivers. It's not easy to keep track of and meet all the rules and expectations from the FMCSA and DOT, but you continue to do a fantastic job. Thank you for everything you do!
CalArk Driven Bulletin