Safety & Compliance

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


7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

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.


Tires are Key Component of CSA Inspections

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.

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


The ABCs of DataQs Challenges

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.


Healthcare Reform: Pay or Play

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.


7 Tips for Teaching New Log Rules

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.


Safety&Compliance: Beware these background screening pitfalls

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.

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


How Does CSA Affect Small Carriers?

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.


Inspector Detector

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.

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


Con-way Communicates Safety

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.


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

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.

What Law Enforcement is Looking for and How to Avoid Being Cited
Do you know what officers are looking for during ELD inspections? Download this guide to learn what to expect at roadside and how to avoid costly citations.
7 Tips for Improving CSA Scores
Download the Seven Tips for Improving CSA Scores to learn more about the ways you can improve your CSA scores.
Focusing on Fleet Safety
For a business that relies on vehicles and drivers to keep the business running, safety is crucial. Having visibility into driver location and behavior, such as speeding and harsh driving habits, can help you see where your drivers are performing well, and where some drivers may need a little coaching.
2018 Top Trends in Trucking
The trucking industry is quickly evolving. What's hot today may be old news tomorrow. That's why SmartDrive spoke with industry experts and got their opinions on the trends that are going to make a difference in 2018.

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