Safety & Compliance

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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.

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

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Taking the Costs Out

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.

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

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When Worker’s Comp & the ADA Overlap

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.

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