Safety & Compliance

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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Carriers Caught Between Conflicting Agencies on Hiring

By Jim Beach

Carriers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take steps to prevent high-risk individuals from driving their trucks. But an initiative of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may put a hamper on carriers’ efforts.

Tags: Drivers, Background Checks, Litigation, EEOC, Truckload Carriers Association

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Wheels, Wheel-offs, Technicians

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Status Quo for DOT Medical Exams is Changing

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule was published in April 2012 and effective in May 2012. A compliance date of May 21 of this year is quickly approaching. In its plainest form, it is a database of medical examiners who are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to perform examinations of commercial vehicle drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

By Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety, Compliance and Accountability enforcement program is one of the major legal and regulatory issues facing trucking companies, but it’s not the only one, as a veritable alphabet soup’s worth of agencies target the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, CSA, HOS, EEOC, SAFESTAT

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers.

By Jody Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Driver Fitness, Drivers, Driver Health

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Telematics Boundaries

A truck’s telematics unit acts as a communications hub, transmitting data from various sensors and systems on the truck. While they send the collected data back to the fleet, they also receive data such as driver instructions, or commands to various devices such as the refrigeration unit.

By Jim Beach

Most large fleets have extensive experience with telematics: GPS location and mobile communications systems that collect data and communicate it back to a server where the fleet can access the information. As the amount and kind of data has increased in recent years, fleets have adopted tools to make sense of all that information and use it across their operation.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo, GPS Insight, Information Technology, Navistar, Telogis, Daimler Trucks, PeopleNet, XRS Corporation, Carrier Transicold, Cadec, Omnitracs, Thermo King

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Health Care Reform News: Employer Mandate Delayed

By Barb Rand, Compliance Advisor, HNI

This week, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations under the Employer Shared Responsibility (aka “employer mandate”) provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tags: IRS, HNI, Healthcare Costs, Affordable Care Act

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking the Costs Out

Electronic driver vehicle inspection tools such as Zonar’s EVIR help fleets control the maintenance part of its costs-per-mile.

By Jim Beach

Whether you operate one truck or 1,000, monitoring and managing costs is one of your most important tasks. Fleets have used technology to help them control costs for some time, but the latest third- or fourth-generation systems are capable of generating tremendous amounts of information fleets can put to use.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, Routing, NexTraq, Zonar, TMW Systems, Decisiv, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, McLeod Software, Paragon Software Systems, E-logs

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

When Worker’s Comp & the ADA Overlap

Under ADA, even short-term conditions can be considered disabling if they are severe enough.

By Edwin Zalewski, J.J. Keller & Associates

Drivers and other employees who get injured at work may be temporarily unable to perform their jobs. If an injury prevents an employee from working, you might wonder what steps you need to take to get the employee back on the job, or how much time must pass before you can hire a replacement.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Workers' Compensation, EEOC, FMLA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why I Changed My Mind About Cell Phone Bans

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing

I hate rules, but there’s one I like, namely the ban on cell-phone use while driving. It’s a long way from universal state to state, but New York has just gotten very tough indeed on truck-driver use of cellular tools, and that’s fine by me.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, HOS, Safety

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Going Mobile: The BYOD Debate

Verizon was named the official wireless provider for the XRS collaboration with Samsung Mobile to offer a new product that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet and a subscription to XRS’s fleet management software.

By Jim Beach

Mobile computing is quickly becoming the platform of choice. Tablets and smartphones are far outselling laptop or desktop computers in the consumer market, and a growing number of trucking operations are deploying these devices.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, J.J. Keller, Telogis, PeopleNet, NexTraq, TMW Systems, XRS, Carrier Logistics, Omnitracs, Samsung

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Roads, Smart Vehicles

By Jim Beach

Intelligent highways, smart vehicles, connected transportation systems – sounds like the stuff of the future. In reality, though, many technologies currently found on our roadways reflect that future. In many cases they will be integral components of an intelligent transportation system. And the most important piece of technology might be the one most everyone now carries in their pocket, purse or backpack.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, Information Technology, Telogis, vehicle to vehicle communication, ITS, Drivewyze, vehicle to infrastructure communication, Omnitracs

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are We Sacrificing Traction for Fuel Economy?

In most cases the traction losses are practically non-existent between traditional and fuel efficient tires.

By Jim Park

As more fleets embrace their fuel savings potential, a large portion of the driver population remains uneasy about low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires -- especially in winter. Has the quest for fuel efficiency pushed traction and safety into the back seat?

Tags: Winter Driving, Tires

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Expect Big Impact on Workers Comp from Obesity Classification

Fluffy's only claim has been for more to eat.

By Jodi Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

The reclassification this summer by the American Medical Association of obesity as “a disease state” effectively declared that one-third of all Americans has a medical condition requiring treatment. The obesity classification will have a tremendous impact on health insurers and workers compensation insurers alike.

Tags: Drivers, Workers' Compensation, Driver Health

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Dec. 1 OSHA Training Deadline Looms

By Truckinginfo Staff

OSHA wants you to train your workers in Hazard Communication, and wants you to do it by Dec. 1 of this year. The trick? It’s a totally new curriculum. Hazard Communication — more commonly known as the “Right to Know” rule about hazardous chemicals in the workplace — is the most frequently cited rule in OSHA.

Tags: Hazmat, Drivers, Instructional Technologies, Driver Training, OSHA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CDL/Med Card Merger: The Deadline is Near

By Jill Schultz, J.J. Keller

An important deadline is just around the corner for CDL drivers and their motor carriers. As of Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must have supplied information about the type of driving they do (self-certify) and the status of their medical certificate/card to their state driver’s licensing agency.

Tags: CDL, J.J. Keller, Med Card, Drivers, compliance

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

Photo by Keith via Flickr

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Drivers, Safety, Safety & Compliance, HNI

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Data Mining Can Teach You About Your Fleet

By Jim Beach

Fleet managers can learn new things about their operations by analyzing everything from accidents to wait times.

Tags: Telematics, GPS, Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Telogis, PeopleNet, Predictive Modeling, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, Averitt Express, Data analytics

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The High-Tech Shop

Devices that allow drivers to conduct and record driver vehicle inspection reports electronically, such as those from Zonar, transmit maintenance issues directly to the fleet and maintenance manager for immediate action.

By Jim Beach

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

Tags: Technology, Arsenault Associates, Mitchell 1, Zonar, In the Shop, TMW, Omnitracs

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Driver Scorecards Work

Easy-to-understand graphs and charts like this one from Vigillo helps both drivers and their managers see at a glance where they stand.

By Deborah Lockridge

A trucking company decided to give out an award for the best driver, so they asked employees to nominate and vote on the honor. The winner, however, turned out to have one of the worst safety records in the fleet.

Tags: Information Technology, CSA, Driver Scorecard, Vigillo

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Improving Driver Performance with High-Tech Training

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C, wasn’t doing much re-occuring driver training other than a few defensive driving classes, but in 2010 decided to require six hours of either online or classroom training. It was so successful that in 2011 they increased it to eight hours, according to President Dennis Dellinger.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, PeopleNet, In-cab training, Instructional Technologies

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking The Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who share the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference, ATRI

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

The changes in the 34-hour restart appear to be having the impact that both trucking interests and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expected.

By Oliver Patton

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Can Driving Time be Considered Off-Duty Time?

One of the requirements is the vehicle must not be “laden.” If you drive a tractor-trailer, this means not even pulling a trailer. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller & Associates

This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EOBRs Are now ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule requiring electronic logging devices for keeping driver logs.

By Jim Beach

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, EOBRs, ELDs, Hours of Service, Drivers

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Avoiding Common Parking Lot Crashes

By J. Scott Roberts, Contributor

Did you hear about the driver who backed into the transformer for a huge regional mall, shutting it down for a Saturday during the Christmas shopping season?

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Safety & Compliance

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Top Mobile Computing Trends

By Adam Kahn, Omnitracs director of product marketing

The new hours of service regulations have gone into effect, but they are only part of the challenges and opportunities faced by fleets. Adam Kahn, director of product marketing at Omnitracs, took a deeper look at emerging fleet management and mobile computing trends, and provided insight on how fleets can best use technology to stay on top of the changing industry.

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways to Manage Risk in the Age of CSA

By Deborah Lockridge

CSA may be an enforcement tool for the FMCA, but you also can use CSA as a catalyst to create transparency and accountability in your organization.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, CSA, HNI

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Taking the Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who shares the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: Drivers, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fleet Safety Conference, Fit to Drive

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Exactly Constitutes an Underinflated Truck Tire?

"Underinflated" isn't always this obvious. Enforcement officials are looking for a usable definition. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Jim Park

Why should we worry about defining underinflation? Because of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) enforcement program.

Tags: CSA, TMC, Tires, CVSA, Enforcement

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service: Resetting the Clock

Credit: Continental Commercial Vehicles.

By Jim Park

With just days to go before the scheduled implementation of the new and more restrictive hours of service rules, fleets and drivers need to be asking if their electronic onboard recording devices are ready for the change.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, EOBR, Hours of Service

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

The key to a new entrant safety audit is documentation. You may do all the required steps to comply with the regulations, but if it is not documented, it will appear that you are not.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, Owner-Operators

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

New Hours-of-Service FAQs

By J.J.Keller & Associates

Unless the courts step in and rein in new hours of service rules, they are set to take effect on July 1. J.J.Keller & Associates has put together some frequently asked questions and answers about them.

Tags: Hours of Service, JJ Keller

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Make certain that all lifts are subject to a regular program of scheduled maintenance.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

Tags: Maintenance, Safety, In the Shop, Shop Tools, Stertil-Koni

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tires are Key Component of CSA Inspections

By Truckinginfo Staff

As one of the two biggest non-labor expenses that trucking fleets have, tires require careful maintenance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program further underscores the importance of good tire maintenance practices.

Tags: Maintenance, Goodyear, CSA, Tires

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Learn to Read DataQs

Data gathered by Vigillo shows a wide discrepancy in how states respond to DataQs challenges.

By Oliver Patton

DataQs, the online system for correcting CSA scoring, has the reputation of being cumbersome and unpredictable, but there’s a way for safety managers to get what they need from it. Call it the ABCs of DataQs.

Tags: CSA, CVSA, Enforcement, Vigillo, Data Qs

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Healthcare Reform: Pay or Play

By Kirsti Correa

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires individuals to have health insurance, could change the way trucking companies handle their healthcare coverage policies for employees. The Truckload Carriers Association held a webinar on May 23 to discuss its analysis of the ACA and the impact it will have on the trucking industry.

Tags: Drivers, Business, Health

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Tips for Teaching New Log Rules

By HDT partner, Today's Trucking

New hours of service rules go into effect July 1. Are you ready? The American Trucking Associations has published an easy-to-use, free tipsheet to help you help your drivers understand the new HOS rules.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Training, Driver Training, Hours of Service

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety&Compliance: Beware these background screening pitfalls

By Deborah Lockridge

If you haven't taken a look at your driver hiring and screening procedures in a while, it's time for a thorough review to avoid running afoul of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Tags: Safety and Compliance

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Does CSA Affect Small Carriers?

The scoring in the system is based on roadside inspections, violations listed on roadside inspection reports, and crash reports.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Despite all of the folklore that has been built around it, at its core, CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) is simply a program used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track and evaluate carriers based on compliance and crash history. Carriers that do not score well in the system are the ones FMCSA will spend time warning or investigating.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, CSA, inspections, Owner-Operators

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Inspector Detector

By Deborah Lockridge

Required driver pre-trip inspections have garnered more attention under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program. And it’s not only the actual inspections you need to think about – it’s also the paperwork component.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, DVIR, Pre-trip inspection

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Communicates Safety

Con-way Freight works to stress safety to its employees in a variety of ways.

By Kate Harlow

With the advent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s flagship Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a new premium was put on safety. This required a number of fleets to focus on the issue like never before.

Tags: FMCSA, Con-way Freight, CSA, Safety & Compliance

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Set up a Maintenance Program that Will Keep FMCSA Happy

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Whether you have one truck or 20,000, the FMCSA's maintenance regulations apply to you. The safety and compliance experts at J.J. Keller have tips for owner-operators and small fleets on how to develop a maintenance program that will meet federal standards.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Owner-Operators

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

By Bob Rose, Contributor

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, compliance, CSA, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Look at CSA After Two Years

By Oliver B. Patton

In the two years it has been up and running, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has demonstrated many flaws and shortcomings. But the program is credited with the signal achievement of shining a brighter light on truck safety.

Tags: Topics & Trends, FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

Tags: Topics & Trends, CSA, FMCSA, Safety, compliance

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology: What if Cars and Trucks Could Talk to Each Other?

By Oliver B. Patton

Imagine: A truck driver gets a signal on his dash, warning him that a car ahead that he cannot see has slammed on the brakes. Or that he's going too fast for the curve ahead/

Tags: Equipment & Technology, Safety, smart highways

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

To DataQ or Not to DataQ...That is the Question

By Don Jerrell, HNI

HNI's Don Jerrell shares what he learned about DataQs (FMCSA's method of challenging erroneous CSA points) at a recent ATA Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council meeting.

Tags: compliance, CSA, DataQ, HNI

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