Safety & Compliance

Verst Group Logistics has a strong commitment to safety and has invested in safety technology for its fleet.

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Making Safety a Priority

In 2012, Verst Group Logistics had zero Department of Transportation recordable accidents. In 2013, to prove the previous year wasn’t just a fluke, Verst only had one DOT-recordable accident. How did this Kentucky-based logistics provider, with a fleet of 90 power units and 250 trailers, attain such a low number of accidents?

David Hopper

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Driver Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

With Memorial Day nearly a month away, Ryder decided to interview its 2013 Driver of the Year David Hopper to find out what driving safety tips he could offer to those who will be on the roadways during the holiday weekend.

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Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

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.

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Carriers Caught Between Conflicting Agencies on Hiring

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.

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

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

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Status Quo for DOT Medical Exams is Changing

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.

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The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

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.

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

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

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.

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Health Care Reform News: Employer Mandate Delayed

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

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.

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Pushing the Telematics Boundaries

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.

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12-point Buying Guide to Video-Based Safety Systems
Fleets of all sizes and across all industries are leveraging video to improve driver performance and eliminate risky driving that leads to collisions and drives up costs. Download this free 12-point Buying Guide that outlines the selection criteria to consider whether you’re just getting started with video technology or looking to upgrade your current program.
The Ultimate ELD Survival Guide
You wouldn’t travel to an unknown place without guidance, so why navigate the new ELD mandate by yourself? Our Compliance Team has 49 years of industry to share the essential information to get you up to speed and rolling.
7 Best Practices for Your Fleet Safety Program
How does your fleet safety program stack up with your peers? Learn about 7 winning strategies that leaders employ to optimize their fleet safety programs.
7 Benefits of Bundling ELD & Fleet Tracking Solutions
While the ELD mandate may add a seemingly burdensome requirement to fleets, it can be an opportunity to increase operational efficiencies by bundling electronic logging devices and telematics solutions— resulting in a powerful, integrated data stream. Download this eBook to find out the benefits of combing your electronic logging device solution and a telematics solution.
Why Fleets Should Be Looking Beyond ELD
With the ELD Mandate deadline looming, fleets are understandably focused on ensuring they are compliant. But many fleets are planning to minimally comply, investing as little as possible in ELD technology – for those fleets, ELDs will always be a cost center. For fleets taking a long-term view, ELDs can be a profit center.
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