Fleet managers can only do so much to prevent dangerous driving. While they can hold training, outline rules in a company handbook, and establish clear disciplinary procedures, this is not always enough. Fleet managers cannot be in the vehicle with all of their drivers at all times. When drivers violate too many rules or perform risky behaviors, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) can issue an out-of-service order, preventing the driver from operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

The Consequences of Unsafe Driving

This is a lesson Jerry L. Jasper learned the hard way. As of March 19, 2018, the Kentucky-based driver can no longer continue to drive CMVs in interstate commerce. The order stems from two incidents back in early December of 2017. Kansas state police stopped Jasper on the sixth for a simple speeding violation; however, upon further inspection, it became clear Jasper was in violation of several regulations. These included:

  • Driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Multiple hours of service (HOS) violations
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

As a result of these findings, state police arrested Jasper, who then posted his bond. Two days later, Missouri state police stopped Jasper for a roadside inspection. Again, the officer cited Jasper for driving with a suspended CDL as well as numerous HOS violations.

How to Fix the Problem

While the above represents a flagrant disregard for safety laws and regulations, a number of smaller violations can derail a fleet as well. Knowing which drivers are making unsafe choices such as speeding, texting while driving, and more can allow fleets to address and correct the behaviors. DriverCheck’s How’s My Driving? Program can allow fleet managers to do just that. To learn more about this innovative driver improvement and safety program, contact us today.