Safety & Compliance

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April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

Get Dinged Wrongly for an ELD Violation? Here's How to Challenge It

You can challenge citations you believe were in error – including ELDs – via FMCSA's DataQs process.

By Deborah Lockridge

Full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate that went into effect April 1 means you may need to challenge incorrect citations and inspection reports. Here are tips for filing successful Data Q challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, CVSA, DataQ, ELDS, Safety, ELD Mandate

April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

One Thing You Need to Do if You're Using Grandfathered AOBRDs

Still using AOBRDs under the ELD mandate's grandfather clause? File photo: Schneider

By Deborah Lockridge

If you’re using automatic onboard recording devices to track driver hours of service under the grandfather clause of the electronic logging device mandate, there’s something very important you need to do by mid-June, says a former commercial vehicle enforcement official who’s now a transportation consultant.

Tags: Hours of Service, DataQ, ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Chief: Agency ‘Open to Ideas’ on Improving Safety

FMCSA administrator Raymond Martinez said that the agency would be open to ideas from others on how to improve highway safety. Photo: David Cullen

By David Cullen

Federal Motor Carrier Safety administrator Raymond Martinez spoke at the TCA annual convention saying right off the bat that the FMCSA does not have a monopoly on safety and explained that the agency he’s helmed for just shy of a month “needs to remain open to ideas other may have” on how to improve highway safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Highway Safety, Events, TCA

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets Can Implement Gamification into Safety Training

Gamification takes training and adds an element of competition in order to spark behavior changes. Photo: Mix Telematics

By Pete Allen

Gamification takes training and adds an element of competition in order to spark behavior changes. In the fleet amnagment world this means making safe driving into a competition, complete with prizes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Training, Driver Training, Gamification

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate: Don’t Rest Easy If You’re Grandfathered with AOBRDs

Grandfather clause in the ELD rule excuses carriers and drivers from complying so long as they are already using automatic onboard recording devices. But it’s only a temporary fix — the clause expires in less than two years.

By David Cullen

The roughly two-year grace period for grandfathered users of AOBRDs buys time, but it risks complicating things for trucking fleets in the future.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: ZF's Emerging Technology Push Gains Steam

ZF is leveraging technologies from around the world to make commercial vehicles safer, Mitja Schulz said in an exclusive interview with HDT. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

ZF has deep roots as a technology pioneer. In this exclusive HDT interview, Mitja Schulz, senior VP and general manager of commercial steering systems for ZF TRW, talks about how the company is serving both North American fleets and OEMs with a growing portfolio of advanced vehicle systems.

Tags: Technology, Active Safety Systems, Information Technology, Collision Avoidance Technology, Future Trucks, ZF, Steering, ADAS, Collision Mitigation Technology

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association suspects that about 28% of the commercial driver population may be suffering from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea. Photo: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association suspects that about 28% of the commercial driver population may be suffering from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Did the Hours of Service Rules Come From, Anyway?

HOS rules were created in 1930 and would remain fundamentally unchanged until 1995, when Congress directed the DOT to establish a new set rules incorporating the latest scientific understanding of human fatigue and alertness.

By Jim Park

How the hours of service rules for truck drivers ever became a safety regulation is a question that has vexed many in the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Driver Fatigue, ELDS

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

While fleets and truck drivers try to stay compliant are they actually doing anything to address driver fatigue? Photo: iStockphoto.com/shotbydave

By Jim Park

Don’t focus so much on hours of service compliance and electronic logging devices that you fail to address the underlying causes of truck driver fatigue.

Tags: Driver Safety, Hours of Service, Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Seattle Embraces Side Guards for Trucks

The side-impact guard closes the gap ahead of Kenworth mixer truck’s rear tandem to keep people from falling under the chassis and being run over. Photo: Walker Blocker

By Tom Berg

Authorities believe side impact guards can protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists and Seattle's fleet has embraced the device.

Tags: Seattle, Underride Guard, Side Guards, Walker Blocker, Truck Side Guards

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Log Data May Help Drive Hours-of-Service Reform

ELD data is highlighting "problems with the 14-hour clock and its inability to stop when taking a break and the ongoing detention problem," says TCA's David Heller.

By David Cullen

For truckers, it’s the Holy Grail of regulatory reform. Who would not want to see the Hours of Service rules more closely reflect the real world of driving trucks?

Tags: Hours of Service, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, ELD Mandate, Split Sleeper Berth

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The ELD Mandate's Unanswered Question

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Reactions to the long-delayed, long-debated, long-contested ELD mandate that took (partial) effect in December have been all over the map, finds Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate Transition: 4 Takeways So Far

Is it an AOBRD or an ELD? Make sure your drivers know and have the right in-cab documents. Photo: J.J. Keller

By HDT Staff

Since enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate started in mid-December, J.J. Keller reports that it is seeing problems with confusion whether a device is an ELD or a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, as well as complaints about vendor support, and more drivers running out of hours due to delays.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

January 2018, Work Truck - Department

6 Years Later: The Cell-Phone Ban

By Kathy Close

Even though the cell-phone ban is six years old, the temptation to use an electronic device while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is still strong for some drivers. In 2016, more than 21,000 roadside inspection reports contained a violation for using a handheld mobile device while operating a CMV.

Tags: Hands-Free, Cell Phone Use, cell phone laws, Safety & Compliance

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preparation the Key to Handling Winter Weather

A key way that fleets can ensure that trucks are prepared for winter and drivers are able to get help if they need it, is to have a comprehensive maintenance partner. Photo: Ryder System

By Steven Martinez

While most of the impact of a winter storm will directly affect drivers, many of the disruptions can be prevented by a well-maintained and prepared fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Ryder System, Snow

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's ELD Journey

ELDs make it easier to manage a fleet where drivers may transition between different sets of hours of service rules. Photo: Cal Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

No dispatcher wants to admit they didn’t know where their drivers were and how many hours they have left, says Paul Hamilton, director of transportation for Cal Freight. “But we know the truth – with that many driver’s it’s impossible to know how much time each driver has.” But ELDs mean now they truly know.

Tags: ELDS, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service, Dispatch

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Upside of the Anti-Coercion Rule for Fleets

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Given the headlong – and continuing – rush to comply with the electronic logging mandate that began kicking in last month, few carriers may be up to speed on the anti-coercion rule. However, fleets will want to be conversant with this rule because it can legally help drivers maximize their available driving hours.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Compliance, Hours of Service, ELDS, Driver Coercion

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

5 Compliance Tips for Straight-Truck Drivers

With more fleets looking at adding straight trucks to their operations because of the rising interest in providing last-mile delivery services, the issue of safety becomes more complicated than just simply answering, “Since I have a straight truck, what rules do I have to follow?” Photo: J.J. Keller

By Rick Malchow

With the rising interest in providing last-mile delivery services, more and more fleets are looking at adding straight trucks to their operations. But a question often asked of compliance experts is, 'what rules do I have to follow?' It's a simple question that lacks a simple answer.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Medium-Duty Trucks, Compliance, Straight Trucks

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Secure is Your ELD?

By Deborah Lockridge

Ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opened up its self-certification registration system for mandatory electronic logging devices, there have been a number of new-entrant companies offering ELDs – but how confident can you be that those devices are safe from hacking or data breaches?

Tags: ELDS, Cybersecurity, ELD Mandate

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jon Morrison on Wabco's Technology Strategy

Wabco's Jon Morrison at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show earlier this fall. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Wabco is increasing its presence in the North American market and working to push the implementation of advanced driver assistance systems. HDT's Deborah Lockridge recently sat down with Wabco chief Jon Morrison to discuss the changes.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Meritor Wabco, Wabco

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Camera-Based Safety System Slashes Kroger's Collision Rate in Half

Kroger found “it only took about a week for drivers to forget that the event camera was there” and that an unexpected bonus from adopting DriveCam has been a drop-off in maintenance costs.

By HDT Staff

Kroger has rolled out video telematics to its fleet of more than 1,200 tractor-trailers, and is already seeing a significant reduction in collisions, handheld phone use, and unbelted drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, Kroger, In-Vehicle Video

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

70 Answers to Top ELD Questions

By HDT Staff

The ELD mandate has led to a lot of questions for fleets, with the government continuing to clarify and tweak the regulation weekly. We’ve endeavored to find answers to the most common questions that arise, starting with the basics.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

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, ADAS, Collision Mitigation 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

Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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

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

October 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, 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, 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

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