ARI’s Jason Rudinoff Offers Advice on Navigating Regulatory Changes
Jason Rudinoff, regulatory compliance analyst and safety specialist for ARI, provided insight on how to avoid potential fines and audits in a recent blog post published by Work Truck, “Navigating Changing Regulations.”
In the post, Rudinoff emphasized that knowing where your fleet stands in terms of compliance is critical. “Set up a plan to review the company data listed in the Department of Transportation’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), at least on a monthly basis. This will allow fleet managers to stay ahead of compliance issues that could result in potential fines and audits. In addition, the SMS can show trending areas of deficiency fleet managers can focus on to improve the safe operation of the company.”
Once you know where you stand, he recommended implementing a plan to ensure compliance, informing drivers of the plan, and routinely following up to be sure nothing falls through the cracks.
“One of the biggest things I see fleet managers struggle with is having a plan in place to manage driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) and getting their drivers to do them. By implementing a plan and getting drivers in a regular routine of doing them, companies can reduce their exposure during roadside inspections. Each year there are about 3.5 million inspections being performed with a 20 percent average vehicle out-of-service rate. This is an alarmingly high number that can immediately be reduced by a better focus on DVIRs,” he said.
He also noted that as existing regulations are updated and new regulations are added, it is important to review your company policy to ensure that these items are included.
You can read the full post here.