This month’s CNS Spotlight is on Brownsberger Transport Company of Lititz, PA.
Andrew Brownsberger—owner and driver of Brownsberger Transport Co.—has been operating since 2010. As a car hauler for the thriving auto auction industry in central Pennsylvania, he has grown to a 4-truck operation with plans to grow further in the future. Andrew has watched the industry change in the last few years with a much higher focus on Hours of Service (HOS), especially after the ELD mandate took effect in 2018.
We sat down to ask him a few questions on how he manages his HOS scores, logs, and his drivers in an ever-changing trucking industry.
CNS: Andrew, what issues did you find regarding HOS rules prior to the ELD mandate last year?
Andrew: I think the 30-minute break rule is unnecessary. I don’t feel like that creates safer roads or working conditions. I do agree with HOS; we don’t want people driving over 11 hours. I know from my experience that I would be tired after 11 hours of driving.
CNS: Do you find yourself having any issues after the HOS mandate?
Andrew: Yes, although I agree with HOS. Paper logs are easier to use for many reasons. But with the new technology it makes it harder to correct simple mistakes that happen.
CNS: What system do you have in place for checking logs for your drivers at your company?
CNS: How has the use of the Pedigree Technologies CabMate One helped you regarding staying compliant with the HOS regulations?
Andrew: It clearly lets you know if you are in or going to be in violation.
CNS: Do you have any suggestions for other carriers that may be struggling with HOS rules and regulations?
Andrew: Driver training and being able to manage your work time better is key. If you are having trouble with making changes within the culture, hire CNS.
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