February 7, 2018
Questions and concerns about “personal conveyance” have flooded the IMTA office over the last several months. Carriers of all sizes have continued to struggle with the parameters of personal conveyance and interpretations from the carriers are just as varied. IMTA has continued to share these concerns with FMCSA officials about these issues and now you have opportunity to promote change relative to the current personal conveyance guidelines!
Recognizing the issues surrounding personal conveyance, FMCSA is now looking for feedback from carriers and is now in the process of accepting comments from the trucking industry as they review this rule and determine if changes need to be made.
Personal conveyance is often used in the trucking industry when a company allows a driver to use an empty commercial motor vehicle for a personal conveyance to travel short distances from their terminal to their house or from enroute lodgings to restaurants or on other similar trips for personal reasons. The interpretation of the regulation, found in 49 CFR 395.8, very specifically states that the truck must be “unladen” in order to utilize the personal conveyance option.
IMTA members are urged to provide their input and more importantly share their suggestions and ideas on changes that need to be made to the current guidance.
“Submitting comments is the most effective way we can promote change with regulatory rules. IMTA members have continued to express concern and exasperation with the personal conveyance rules and now they have a chance to weigh in on this important rule. We need to get as many comments as possible to show that this truly is an issue so IMTA members must get involved in this effort,” said IMTA President Brenda Neville.
While IMTA will be submitting comments based on the feedback they have received, the actual number of comments that are submitted are instrumental in illustrating the gravity of the issue so changes could be made.
IMTA members are urged to submit comments. The comments can simply be a brief statement on the issue and the process to submit comments is relatively easy. IMTA will be happy to assist any member that wants to submit comments.
HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS:
To submit your comments, please include the docket number, which is: FMCSA-2017-0108.
In addition to submitting comments to the FMCSA, IMTA staff is also sending information to all Iowa’s Congressional delegation and our two US Senators on this issue to continue the educational process relative to Hours of Service and ELDs.