Safety & Compliance

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November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are We Adopting Advanced Safety Systems Quickly Enough?

Forward collision warning is becoming more common, but other ADAS technologies lag behind.

By Deborah Lockridge

Advanced driver assistance systems present an opportunity to save thousands of lives and drive economic expansion over the next decade – but we need to move faster, contended Brian Collie, partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group, in a recent speech.

Tags: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, NACV Show, ADAS, Collision Mitigation Technology, Advanced Safety Technology

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Defense System Addresses Defensive Driver Training

By Deborah Lockridge

While the concept of defensive driving has been around for 50 years, in-cab driver training company Instructional Technologies Inc., makers of Pro-Tread, have developed an update to apply the concept to modern roads, trucks and drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Instructional Technologies, Safety

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big Data is Generating Big Returns

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By John G. Smith

Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.

Tags: Big Data, Analytics, Information Technology, ATA MC&E

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Don't Miss This Critical Step in ELD Implementation

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Mark Schedler

There’s more to complying with the electronic logging device mandate than putting the devices in your trucks. Will your new ELD policies and procedures pass FMCSA’s scrutiny as adequate safety management controls?

Tags: J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Telematics

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Insurance Costs are Sky-High

Adopting more technological advances is the most likely route to cut back insurance costs, including leveraging solutions to curb distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors. Photos: iStockPhoto

By David Cullen

A perfect storm of business conditions has whipped up insurance costs, but applying technology and managing people can help calm the tempest.

Tags: Insurance Claims, Insurance, Safety

October 2017, Government Fleet - Editors Corner

Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

By Chris Brown

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Tags: Carsharing, Shared-Use Mobility, Cox Automotive, Fleet Forward Conference, Flexdrive

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A Whirlwind of Last-Minute ELD Preparations

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The ELD mandate requiring electronic logging devices to track driver hours goes into effect Dec. 18. Yet a surprising number of fleets have not yet adopted them.

Tags: Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oilfield Company No Renegade When it Comes to ELDs

Renegade Wire Line Services has been running on J.J. Keller ELogs for more than three years. Photo: Renegade Wire Line Services

By Deborah Lockridge

Todd Caughey was a state trooper for 25 years who retired and took on a new career as HSE/DOT Compliance Supervisor for Renegade Wire Line Services. The company put in electronic logs back in 2014, so he has an unusual perspective on enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Oilfield Services

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ready or Not: 5 Important Questions in the Countdown to ELDs

By Fred Fakkema and Annette Sandberg

Fred Fakkema, VP of compliance at Zonar Systems, and Annette Sandberg, former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, answer in depth five pressing questions of concern to fleets as the Dec. 18 ELD mandate compliance deadline looms ever closer.

Tags: ELD Mandate, Safety & Compliance, Zonar, ELDs

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Moving From Paper to ELDs Saves Time for Midwest Carrier

Mike Narvaez, safety and compliance director for R&M, talks about the benefits of getting rid of piles of paper. Photo: Fleetmatics

By Deborah Lockridge

Moving from paper to electronic hours of service tracking has made it easier for everyone from drivers to dispatchers to operations at R&M Trucking, which has terminals in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Tags: Fleetmatics, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Fleetmatics Logbook

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Tips to Get the Bypass Green Light

Photo: Help Inc.

By Steve Vaughn, Help Inc.

Whether you’re a trucking fleet executive, safety director, company driver or an owner-operator, if your safety scores aren’t where you would like them to be, you’re probably not getting bypass green lights as often as you wish. But there is a solution – and it’s nearly as close as your backyard.

Tags: Inspections, Help Inc., PrePass, Weigh-Station Bypass, CSA score, Fleet Safety

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Paper Transport Buys Into Safety-Focused Culture

Safety & Compliance Award winner Ken Marvenko owes some of the success of his fleet safety program to a 100% buy-in from all of the decision-makers within the company. Photo:  Paper Transport

By Stephane Babcock

2017 HDT Safety & Compliance Award winner Ken Marvenko talks about the task of taking over Paper Transport's safety department and how buy-in can affect fleet safety culture.

Tags: Paper Transport, Awards, HDT, Safety & Compliance, Fleet Safety

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

From left, Greg Eddy, president and CEO of Venture Logistics; Don Hinkle, vice president of equipment services at YRC Worldwide; and  Maverick Vice President of Maintenance Mike Jeffress. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

Tags: Spec'ing, Safety & Compliance, FTR, Maverick, YRC Worldwide, ELDs, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About ELD Mandate Enforcement

Is that an AOBRD or an ELD? Photo: Roehl Transport

By Deborah Lockridge

Whether you’ve got your electronic logging devices on order, or you’re still researching your options, there are many questions out there regarding just what’s going to happen at the roadside when the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

A single index finger was all that was needed to whip this Peterbilt through a Figure-8 course with ZF's Reax steering system. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

ZF's Reax is a smart, electronic control system that takes input data from various sensors around the vehicle, including the driver, and either loosens, or tightens steering response based on what the truck is doing and what the driver needs in terms of steering inputs to do it safely.

Tags: Driver Comfort, ZF, Autonomous Vehicles, Steering, Driver Safety, Test Drive

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the ELD Mandate is a Problem for Temp Drivers

Photo: ERoad

By Jim Park

For drivers working for a driver service or temporary driver pool, how do they transfer their logs from one carrier to another? The short answer is, they can't.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Can Open the Door to Big Data

By Jim Park

Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?

Tags: ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate, Data Management

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Owner-Operators and Small Fleets Need to Know about ELDs

Depending on whether an owner-operator is running a single truck or a small fleet, the fleet management software options available on most devices may or may not be needed. Photo: J.J. Keller

By Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate is causing a lot of confusion and concern among the smallest fleets and single truck owner-operators. With just four months until the regulation comes into force, here are a few things to consider as we brace for December 18 – the date the mandate kicks in.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Scuttling of Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal Draws Heated Reactions

News reports on the Trump adminstration's move to halt a sleep apnea rule for truck drivers were mostly negative in their coverage. Photo: Volvo Group

By Jack Roberts

The Trump administration's move to halt progress on a proposal that would have required sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers was met with largely negative reactions in press reports from around the country and the world.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, NTSB, Driver Safety, Donald Trump, FCMSA, Drivers, Fatigue, In the Media, Driver Fatigue, Safety

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Clock is Ticking on ELD Compliance

Despite how easy it is to install electronic logging devices and having the ability to use an app to log time, “it still takes fleet management and drivers generally a couple of months to get comfortable with the technology,” advises Tom Reader of ELD supplier J.J. Keller. Photos: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Carriers and drivers have a scant four months to be running under the FMCSA's new electronic logging rule.

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Assistance Technology as a Co-Pilot

The roundtable discussion was hosted by the U.S. National Safety Council. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By John G. Smith

Advanced driver assistance systems, like the ones that sound an alarm if you’re tailgating or even apply vehicle brakes automatically, are proving themselves to be more than a novelty.

Tags: National Safety Council, NTSB, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Fleet Safety Conference, Driver Safety

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

10 Things Drivers Do to Get Pulled Over

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By Mark Abrahamson, HNI

A longtime state patrol officer offers his real-world observations on the most common reasons drivers get pulled over.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Traffic Violations, Police

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nine Energy Service is Coaching Drivers With In-Cab Video

Photo: MiX Telematics

By Brett Quigley, Nine Energy Service

Nine Energy Service decided it would go beyond the ELD mandate requirements, and is adding in-cab video to its telematics strategy. The oilfield fleet's Brett Quigley writes about its decision and how it's implementing the technology.

Tags: Telematics, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video, ELD Mandate, ELDs

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keep up the Pressure

Inflation pressure should be checked with a reliable gauge at least weekly, and every time a trailer comes out of a drop yard. Photo from Michelin.

By Jim Park

Under-inflation is the leading cause of blowouts while contributing to poor fuel economy and premature wear. This is the second in a special five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: TPMS, Tire Inflation, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

By Jim Park

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, CVSA RoadCheck, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Getting Ready for This Year's Roadcheck

Proper attention to load securement is important not only to pass roadside inspections, but even more importantly, to protect the safety of others on the highway. Photo:  Linda Stelter / The Birmingham News

By Deborah Lockridge

Cargo securement is a special focus of this year’s 72-hour inspection blitz. Do your drivers know how to avoid citations — and keep the cargo where it belongs?

Tags: Cargo Management, Oversize Loads, International Roadcheck

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Brakes up to Snuff?

Stability control and collision mitigation systems depend on a fully functioning brake system set to OEM specs. Photo: Meritor Wabco

By Jim Park

With all the advantages provided by today’s advanced safety systems, what a shame it would be if they couldn’t live up to their potential because of poorly maintained foundation brakes or inadequate friction material.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Technology, Brakes, Air Brakes

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Habits to Create a Culture of Safety

By Jonathan Hubbard

In order to effectively run a safe and profitable fleet, it is critical to create a culture of safety within your company. While this advice sounds simple, the implementation can be daunting and may sometimes seem nearly impossible.

Tags: SpeedGauge, Alcoa, Safety

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: No Free Lunch When It Comes to Parts

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

If you can’t determine that the part is of good quality, bypassing the low-price product is your only option. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Parts and Service, Counterfeit Parts

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Six Steps to Thwart Cargo Theft

By David Cullen

“Cargo theft hasn’t necessarily gotten worse lately, but there is more sophistication on the criminal side than 20 years ago when it was strictly a crime of opportunity,” says Eric Fuller, CEO of U.S. Xpress. But there is much motor carriers can do to help protect customers’ goods and their own assets and employees from heists.

Tags: Asset Management, Cargo Theft, Crime, Cargo Nets, Security

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Is Your Fleet Ready for the New Food Transport Rules?

The regulation applies to shippers, receivers, loaders, and carriers involved in the transportation of human or animal food within the U.S. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Tom Bray

The deadline has passed to begin complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations on the safe transport of food. The regulations apply to vehicles, operations, driver training, and records. Is your fleet ready for the new rules?

Tags: FDA, Food and Beverage Fleets, Safety, Regulations, Compliance

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In-Cab Cameras Are Out of Sight, Always in Mind

Camera safety systems can now provide a host of information to fleets, including event-recording of daily driver performance. Photo: Netradyne

By Jack Roberts

They began as simple event recorders, but today’s in-cab camera systems are integrating with other systems to add power, depth and an unprecedented understanding to fleets.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, Bendix, Lytx, Digital Video Recorder, Safety, Netradyne

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ping! 3 Things You Need to Know About ELDs and Fuel Taxes

Photo: ERoad

By Sandy Johnson, Contributor

A popular selling point for electronic logging devices is that you can use the electronic records for fuel tax reporting. But the record-keeping requirements for hours of service and for IFTA/IRP are vastly different. Here's what you need to know.

Tags: Fuel Tax, ELDs, IFTA

April 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Improving Truck Ergonomics for Driver Safety

Photo from iStockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

OSHA regs require an employer to provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. The best way to make a work truck fleet more ergonomic is to proactively identify and rectify potential issues.

Tags: Workers' Compensation, Driver Comfort, Ergonomics, Driver Safety

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

When Safety Comes From the Top

J&M operates 13 terminals in Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The fleet specializes in carrying industrial and food grade products, as well as liquid bulk goods. Photo: Bendix

By Deborah Lockridge

For J&M Tank Lines, safety technology is simply a tool in its quest to make sure drivers get home safely.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Fleet Safety Program

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: See the Light…and Everything Else

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

North American headlight standards are inherently dangerous because they don’t allow brightness levels to match the speeds we travel, says executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood. It’s just too easy to “over-drive” your lights.

Tags: Lighting, LED Lighting, Night Driving

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Certification: What Does it Really Mean?

One ELD provider, Eroad, is using a third-party verification program to help give customers peace of mind. Photo: Eroad

By Deborah Lockridge

Motor carriers beware: FMCSA does NOT “certify” ELDs. What you need to understand about the electronic logging device mandate's "self-certification" process and how to help make sure you have a compliant device.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Trends in FMCSA Compliance Reviews

Now that fleets only have to have a driver vehicle inspection report form when a defect has occurred, it is much easier for safety auditors to see when drivers are and aren't doing their job when it comes to pre-trips. Photo: Dupre Logistics

By Don Jerrell, HNI

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it is changing the process for performing compliance reviews. What do this announcement and other compliance review trends mean for your fleet?

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, CSA, Inspections, DVIR

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Cargo Securement: What You Need to Know

Belly strapping: The lower stack of this load was secured before the top stack was placed aboard and tied down. There are more than enough straps to satisfy safety and regulatory demands. Photos: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

By Tom Berg

Securing loads is a matter of safety and good business. If a piece of cargo is damaged because it shifts or falls off a trailer, the carrier and driver won’t be paid because the load didn’t get delivered, and someone could get hurt or killed.

Tags: Cargo Management, Citations

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Knowing Isn't Fixing

By Laura McMillan

Safety technology on trucks is one reason crash rates, injury rates and fatalities have fallen over the past two decades. Yet insurance rates and the costs of settlements they represent have gone up. Why?

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Insurance, Driver Training

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Video-Based Safety Systems: Worth A Closer Look?

Camera-based safety systems offer monitoring, analytical and training benefits, say providers. Photo: MiX Telematics

By David Cullen

Fleets may be wise to check out the latest technological advances in video-based driver safety systems.

Tags: Telematics, Video Event Recorders, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tolls: Managing Your Drop in the Bucket

By Sandy Johnson

No matter what you think about public-private partnerships — not to mention the various authorities that predate the National Highway System — they can make fleet compliance complicated. Navigating the various tolling systems in each state can be confusing, but here are some tips to help figure it all out.

Tags: Tolls, Electronic Tolls, Infrastructure Funding

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: TCA's David Heller on the Regulatory Landscape

David Heller Photo: TCA

By David Cullen, Executive Editor

Late last month, HDT quizzed David Heller on how the trucking regulatory landscape might shape up this year. He’s got an excellent vantage point on all that, having recently been promoted by the Truckload Carriers Association from director of safety and policy to vice president of government affairs.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Truckload Carriers Association, Q&A

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ELD Exemption Fever

Photo: J.J. Keller

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller & Associates

The initial compliance date for the FMCSA’s final rule known as the ELD mandate is December 18, 2017. Are any of your drivers exempt from the electronic logging device mandate?

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, Electronic Logging Devices, ELD Mandate

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Continental Safety Technologies Help Build Road to Autonomous Vehicles

Continental's heads-up display shows vital information without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.

By Deborah Lockridge

Continental recently showed off systems that will help truck makers meet safety needs down the road, whether pushed by regulations or customer demand, as well as pave the way toward autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Continental, IAA, Global, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Carbon Express Did a 180 on Safety

Controller Sean McAllister and Director of Safety John Bowlby hold the National Tank Truck Council Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy at the entrance to Carbon Express headquarters.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Steve Rush was an owner-operator, he would have laughed at the notion that one day he would be running a tanker fleet that would be recognized as the safest carrier by the National Tank Truck Council in the 15 million miles and under category.

Tags: Tankers, Carbon Express, Safety

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would stop a sideways slip as he climbs up. Handle next to door gives him a positive grip. Photo:Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

Tags: Driver Safety, Trailers, TMC

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Q&A: How Driver Relationships Drive Safety at Southern Freight Services

Kelsey Wolfe Photo: Jim Park

By Steven Martinez

Kelsey Wolfe is Southern Freight Services’ director of safety, human resources and recruiting and Heavy Duty Trucking’s pick for its 2016 Safety & Compliance Award. While safety is her primary concern, it's her relationships with the drivers that make it happen.

Tags: Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance, Safety

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Need for Speed?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucks using speed limiters had a ratio of 1.6 crashes per 100 trucks per year, while those without had a ratio of 2.9.

Tags: Driver Safety, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

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