I was sitting having a conversation with one of my drivers recently and we started talking about air conditioning in trucks. He said that carriers are required to provide working air conditioning. I have to admit, I was curious about this. Every summer it seems inevitable that we have at least one truck that all summer the air conditioning does not work. So, I did what any curious person would do, I checked.
As it turns out, the FMCSA does not address the issue. So it begs the question, should a company have to put in air conditioning in a commercial motor vehicle? I have an idea on that. Air conditioning seems to be a standard addition to all vehicles, commercial or otherwise, and if it is on the power unit, it should work.
Now, just so we are clear, that is my personal opinion. Again the FMCSA takes no position on the subject.