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Donald Jerrell

Recent Posts by Donald Jerrell:

FDA Releases Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food has been finalized. This ruling differs from the agency’s initial proposal in several key ways, but maintains its goal of preventing practices that create food safety risk. Compliance within one year will prove difficult for the transportation sector, but certain actions can be taken to prepare for this significant industry change.

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Congress Steps Up for the Trucking Industry

 

Congress has stepped up to help the trucking industry, yet again. Multiple transportation-related issues were addressed via the FAST Act, and now important action regarding the 34-hour restart rule has been taken as part of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. 

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA Scores Removed from Public View. Now What?

On December 4, 2015 President Obama signed into law the latest highway bill, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act. Later that same day, the U.S. Department of Transportation's FMCSA released the following statement:

"As of December 4, 2015, pursuant to the FAST Act of 2015, much of the information previously available on the FMCSA website related to property carriers' compliance and safety performance will no longer be displayed publicly."

Are You Coercing Drivers?  What We Know So Far...

On November 30, 2015 the FMCSA published a new rule, Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers, or the driver coercion rule. The rule gives commercial truck and bus drivers additional protection from being coerced into violating federal motor carrier safety regulations (FMCSRs) and will go into effect on January 29, 2016.

After 34 Years on Patrol, 1 New Gamechanger

Meet Jeff Swan: Transportation Compliance Specialist, Former State Patrol Officer 

If 34 years with the Wisconsin State Patrol was an education, 3 months with HNI has been a revelation for Jeff Swan.  

Jeff, HNI's newest gamechanger, retired from the Wisconsin State Patrol in 2014. His extensive DOT experience has taught him an important lesson: drivers often don’t realize the impact that their behavior has on the company they work for.  Bridging the gap between the driver and the trucking company is Jeff’s favorite Wicked Problem to solve. 

Would your driver qualification files stand up to an FMCSA audit?

Within the last couple of years, there have been some changes with regards to what needs to be included in your driver qualification files.  Many people struggle with determining what truly needs to be in the files and what does not.  They also get different opinions from different individuals (HR professionals, insurance reps, auditors, etc.)

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Get Your Drivers Ready for the 2015 Roadside Inspection Blitz

DON JERRELL
Associate Vice President at HNI

It's almost that time of the year again. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual roadside inspection blitz is on the calendar for June 2-4.

Topics: Transportation

What the Latest FMCSA Rule Changes Will Mean for Trucking

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

A busy week is happening with regard to FMCSA, Hours of Service, and DVIRs.

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA Kills Unnecessary DVIR Paperwork

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

Effective Dec. 18 (that's just seven days out), FMCSA will require a driver vehicle inspection report to be filled out only if defects or deficiencies are found.

Topics: Transportation

Give FMCSA Your Opinion on Minimum Insurance Coverage in Trucking

DON JERRELL
HNI Associate Vice President

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration late last month published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on financial responsibility for motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.

Topics: Transportation