New legislation was introduced to the House that is hoping to create a hiring standard for the trucking industry. The bill, H.R. 4727, has three main components required for owner operators before they are contracted for a job:
- Be registered with the Federal Motor Safety Administration
- Obtain minimum insurance
- Have a safety rating above "unsatisfactory" from the Safestat rating system
Once these requirements are agreed upon for a driver, states will not be able to impose liability if the driver causes injury, death, or damage to the cargo or another driver's cargo. The bill was introduced by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., along with Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Erik Paulsen, R-Minn.
According to the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the proposed bill would help clarify rules for contract truckers and help create more safety for the industry.
"H.R. 4727 would remove the confusing and conflicting vagaries of the CSA BASIC data as it relates to the negligent selection of a carrier," a report from TIA stated. "TIA will continue to advocate that the CSA initiative is a valuable internal tool for the Agency, but until the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rulemaking is complete, the BASIC data should not be used as a tool for carrier selection."
The proposed legislation along with the Safestat safety rating system could go a long way in making sure that roads and drivers will be safer.
A driver is only as dependable as the type of rig they have. If they have an older truck, they may have to pay for more repairs and upkeep, which can add up over time. Drivers who are looking for a new truck can check out the inventory at Lone Mountain Truck Leasing. Here, drivers will be able to find trucks that are three to five years old.