OLD SAYBROOK, CT — The transitional compliance period for the nation’s commercial vehicle operators to be in complete compliance with complex new DOT Hours of Service requirements is set to expire Dec. 31, 2005. The new rules are designed to prevent the estimated 5.5% of fatal truck crashes that are due to driver fatigue. In an effort to make it easier to deliver new Hours of Service training, Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR) has just released a PowerPoint training kit. Hours of Service: What You Need to Know PowerPoint Kit explains DOT’s new regulations with real-world examples. The 30-slide session kit also includes 20 colorfully illustrated employee booklets, complete with quiz and training certification form. Meeting topics in the kit include explanations of the rules for maximum driving hours, waiting time, sleeper berth rules, short haul provisions, Record of Data Status (RODS), plus practical steps to reduce driver fatigue. Case studies and role plays provide an interactive component to the training. To help employers understand the new rules, BLR’s safety compliance editors have put together a practical White Paper that summarizes the new Hours of Service rules, as well as a practical report on fleet safety best practices. The paper may be downloaded at www.blr.com/81001600/PRS68. Employers may receive a free copy of the kit’s employee training booklet, Hours of Services: Rules What You Need to Know, by calling (800) 727-5257.

Originally posted on Fleet Financials