With the national emergency suspension of hours-of-service now lasting through June 14th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to fulfill its purpose of maintaining safe truck operations without risking its agents contracting COVID-19. To do this, the FMCSA is issuing guidance about how they plan to do compliance reviews remotely.
Although systems in place normally state that reviews are to be done in person, the FMCSA realizes the current scenario America finds itself in demands a little leeway to get things done.
“Although the definition of ‘compliance review’ in 49 CFR 385.3 describes these reviews as ‘on-site,’ in practice, the advent of electronic recordkeeping and other technology now allows FMCSA to perform the same investigative functions remotely that it could perform previously only by in-person reviews of the motor carrier’s files,” the FMCSA said in its guidance issued on May 20th.
The FMCSA plans to accomplish this new method of inspection by using email, telephone, and video calls. It will also use its own online portal through which carriers can submit their relevant documentation securely.
While the guidance is effective immediately and plans to last until the end of the state of emergency, the guidance the FMCSA has issued is not binding nor has the force of law behind it. On-site inspections are still capable of being done at the FMCSA’s discretion. If truck drivers prefer an on-site inspection or lack the tools necessary to complete a review remotely (such as a webcam), there is still a good chance the agency would be willing to work something out in person.
This article is another entry into TopMark Funding’s series on the coronavirus pandemic and how it impacts truckers. For more articles covering the coronavirus pandemic, look below.
FMCSA Last updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
CORONAVIRUS [COVID-19] UPDATES AND ARTICLES
- Trucker’s Guide to When Every State is Reopening
- FMSCA Extends Hours of Service Relief Declaration
- How Truck Drivers Can Keep Their Cabs Clean During COVID-19
- International Roadcheck Delayed Over COVID-19 Fears
- Pennsylvania Reopens (Some) Rest Stops
- Truck Dealers Seek “Essential Status”
- Navistar And Paccar Halt Production
- Mack And Volvo Suspend Truck Production
- Fmcsa Expands Its COVID-19 Response
ABOUT TOPMARK FUNDING
We’re not here for the short-term, we’re on the long-haul with you!
TopMark Funding is a top-rated semi-truck financing and equipment financing company located in Roseville, CA. We specialize in commercial trucking and heavy equipment. Our mission is to become your long-term financial partner by helping you grow your trucking business and fleet.
Learn more about Semi-Truck Financing
Fill out the contact form or give us a call at (866) 627-6644. One of our truck financing specialists will contact you as soon as possible to go over your truck lease needs and learn more about you and your business financing goals.