Safety & Compliance

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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, Citation, Cargo Securement

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

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Things to be Ready for in a Coercion Complaint Investigation

Photo by Jim Park

By Don Jerrell, HNI

While following up on driver coercion complaints, DOT auditors may not be finding the coercion claimed, but they are finding other issues that are causing conditional ratings and fines.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, E-logs, Driver Coercion

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

In support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets.

Tags: Inspections, Driver Safety Tips, Bendix, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Highlights Newest Advanced Safety System

Bendix's new Fusion Wingman features fully-integrated safety systems that function as a single unit designed to deliver the most urgent threat alert to drivers while minimizing false alarms and multiple alerts.  Photo courtesy Kenworth.

By Jack Roberts

Trucking journalists recently got an up-close demonstration of Bendix’s new Wingman Fusion integrated vehicle safety system, which uses advanced, high-speed computers, fully integrated safety systems and image-recognition cameras to give drivers fewer false alarms and faster responses in critical situations.

Tags: Kenworth, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs

By Jim Park

In this Q&A we sit down with Tom Reader, director of marketing for ELDs at JJ Keller and Associates to talk about how fleets and shippers are learning to cope with the changes that will come with electronic logs.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why You Should Consider Advanced Safety Systems

Lytx, which specializes in video-based telematics systems, says the vehicle, the driver and the environment all must be taken into account for “significant and enduring safety improvements.”

By Jack Roberts

With all of the advancements in the past 5-10 years, there is a strong case, both financially and in terms of sheer practicality, for fleets to evaluate and spec advanced safety systems on their trucks today.

Tags: Driver Safety, Active Safety Systems, Safety

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Taking the First Step to Wellness

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Fleets report they are losing drivers who can no longer re-certify to drive after health issues were uncovered under newer more stringent DOT physical procedures.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Retention

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Knight Keeps Drivers Covered With SmartDrive’s Video-Safety Program

SmartDrive representatives at Knight's service center answered any questions that drivers had about the video monitoring system.

By Steven Martinez

After a successful pilot program, Knight Transportation has decided to install the SmartDrive event recorder system in its entire fleet to protect its drivers and coach them on improved driving habits.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Knight Transportation

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ELDs: What Happens When You Have to Rent a Truck?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Truck rental and leasing companies say the electronic logs mandate presents problems for them and their customers.

Tags: TRALA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

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

May 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

’Gamification’ Helps Fleet Focus on Driver Safety

Michael Crafton stands in front of one of his company's Nissan NV cargo vans. Photo courtesy of Team 360.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

This growing service fleet promotes driver safety through a connected car platform that tracks each driver’s behind-the-wheel habits — and scores them.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Connected Vehicle Technology, Service Fleets, Zubie

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Protecting Your Data

By Jim Beach

Keeping a company’s most vital information safe requires a company-wide effort.

Tags: Data Security

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Time-Crunched Safety Manager

As a time-crunched manager, focus is difficult.

By Laura McMillan

Managing safety and training in a fleet means rushing from one brushfire to another. Everyone feels the time crunch. How do you make a difference when you’re juggling priorities, switching tasks, and trying to extinguish that daily brushfire?

Tags: Fleet Management, Driver Safety, Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters

More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets can weather the ELD storm by starting now to integrate the devices into the operation.

By Jim Park

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

Tags: Regulations, HOS, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials at roadside. (Photo courtesy Continental VDO.)

By Jim Park

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

By Stephane Babcock

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Underride

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Backing off Back Pain

While back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting, the misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

By David Cullen

Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Wheel-Offs Again

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

When it comes to wheel-offs, the mainstream press, and even some of the less well informed enforcement folk, always look to the driver first to find fault.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Tires, Wheel-offs

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

Drivers may falsify paper logs for various reasons. The best way to identify a false log is by comparing the log with related documents to verify whether the driver’s entires are indeed true and correct. Photos: Jim Park

By Tom Bray

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Compliance, Hours of Service, E-logs

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Erb Group Takes Safety to a New Level

Input from the maintenance staff resulted in this custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.

Tags: Maintenance, Reefers, Safety

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Not to Lose Sleep over Apnea

A common therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP. Photos: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By David Cullen

Despite sleep apnea’s devastating impact on highway safety and personal well-being, truck drivers can be easily and affordably treated for this common medical condition.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Safety Profiles No Easy Fix

By David Cullen

Technology can help, but polishing a safety profile will always be about improving driver behavior and equipment maintenance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, BASIC, Safety & Compliance

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

5 Tips to Prevent Wheel Separation

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrench must be used to set the nuts. Retorquing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Research into past incidents shows inadequate maintenance is the root cause of most wheel separation incidents.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Wheel Separations, Tires and Wheels

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Must You Provide Only Positive D&A Tests to Prospective Employers? Negative!

By Betty Weiland

When a motor carrier receives an inquiry into a current or former driver’s drug and alcohol testing history, what specifically is the company required to release?

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, Employment, Alcohol Testing

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Gizmology Games

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

While driver-assisting technology is capable of making us safer, in reality it is rarely frustration free.

Tags: Information Technology, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Assistance Systems, Adaptive Cruise Control

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Wabco Americas Chief Talks About Braking, Safety Tech and More

Jon Morrison. Photo courtesy Wabco.

By Deborah Lockridge

This summer, Wabco Holdings named Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit. He has spent 30 years in the global transportation industry and most recently served as president, North America for American Axle & Manufacturing. We sat down with him to find out more about his first few months in the position.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Global, Wabco, Air Brakes, Q&A

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Safety Director Offers Steps to Success

Hartman does not hesitate to tell drivers that they are the most important part of McLeod’s business at the beginning of each orientation and througout their employment. Photo: McLeod Express

By Mitzi Hartman

A fleet safety director offers tips on how to successfully promote safety within a fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control Looks Ahead to Save Fuel

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades. It can be a multi-step procedure, and a driver might or might not notice them all. In rolling terrain, the system can save 1% to 2% in fuel, Kenworth says. Image: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades.

Tags: Kenworth, Adaptive Cruise Control, T680 Advantage

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Impact of Truck Driver Wellness Programs

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Executives at several large long-haul fleets talk about their efforts to keep drivers healthy and happy through wellness programs in the final installment of HDT's Driver Dilemma series.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Dilemma

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Legal Pot in Colorado: How it's Affected Trucking

Cannabis station, a medical marijuana dispensary, is located at the site of a former gas station in Denver. Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr through Creative Commons license.

By Greg Fulton, CMCA

It’s been almost two years since Colorado officially legalized marijuana. With other states considering similar measures, Colorado Motor Carrier Association President Greg Fulton reflects on the law and its impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: Colorado, Drug Testing

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