The whole idea behind the updated Hours of Service (HOS) regulations is to improve safety, but is it causing truck stops to fill up? Have you had problems finding a spot to park at your favorite truck stop since the new HOS regulations went into effect July 1, 2013?
The most significant HOS regulation that might cause truck stops to fill up is the 34-hour restart provision. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a driver may restart their 7/8 consecutive day period by taking 34 or more hours off duty, this time must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. based on home terminal time. (Drivers can’t have more than one 34-hour restart in a 168-hour period, so they must plan their schedules accordingly.)
With just about every commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver required to comply with these HOS regulations, it’s no surprise that truck stops are filling up earlier than usual. Have you noticed an increase in the number of drivers pulling into truck stops at the same time? If your favorite stop has been more crowded lately, how has it affected your ability to complete daily paperwork?
If you’re worried about the effects overcrowded truck stops could have on your ability to submit paperwork on time at the truck stop, rest assured that the TripPak MOBILE™ solution works anywhere. You’re not tied to a truck stop to take care of your document submission. You don’t even need to visit a truck stop to submit your documents after you deliver your load.
This is possible because TripPak MOBILE enables you to capture images of your documents and submit them to your fleet electronically, via your smartphone or tablet device. The app includes auto-focus, auto-cropping, document scoring and other image enhancement tools to ensure a quality image makes it to your fleet. Signature-capture technology prevents you from needing any additional hardware to scan and submit work documents.
This means you can ditch the crowded truck stop and pull over at a quiet rest stop, empty parking lot or even the roadside and use your smart phone, laptop or tablet and the TripPak MOBILE app to ensure your paperwork is completed and transmitted on time.