Safety & Compliance

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January 6, 2013

Billboards, distraction and tax revenues

You don't need a PhD to recognize that bright flashing lights and changing images will grab drivers' attention. They are supposed to. But since drivers ought to be paying attention to things that are more pressing, why are these signs sprouting up everywhere?

December 12, 2012

Hiring a driver without a CDL is not the answer to the driver shortage

The demand for truck drivers seems to be leading some unscrupulous companies to hire drivers who don't have a commercial driver's license

November 6, 2012

Using the Safety Management Cycle

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement model has been fine-tuned on multiple occasions since the program's inception by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

September 27, 2012

Is that GPS in your truck going to steer you wrong?

Earlier this week, we reported that one U.S. senator wants some sort of federal standards for commercial truck use of GPS navigation systems

September 26, 2012

Red light. Green light. Whoops, red light!

Anyone who has ever thumped his or her steering wheel in frustration at a green light turning red for no apparent reason just as you approach an intersection will appreciate this recent achievement from Carnegie Mellon University

July 5, 2012

Speed Limiters: Is the cure worse than the disease?

Drivers hate them. Fleets love them. I'm talking about truck speed limiters, which to my mind are a blunt solution to a technically delicate problem: how to manage truck speed and efficiency without rendering the things undriveable.

June 14, 2012

One-third of American workers are sleep-deprived

Americans, it seems, are chronically sleep deprived. Perhaps not dramatically so, but we're sleepy enough to make the radar screen at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Research shows that over 30% of workers aged 30-64 are short of sleep

June 14, 2012

Dust storms as poetry

You're not a Jedi / This is not Tatooine, Luke / Pull over now, man.

May 21, 2012

What this country needs is a good $300 electronic log

As the House and Senate try to come to agreement on a highway bill that could include a requirement to mandate electronic onboard recorders, I want to say, I believe we're being taken for a ride on this push to mandate EOBRs.

May 15, 2012

Cut Costs with an Accident Management Program

Most trucking companies are not taking advantage of a proven way to achieve significant net cost reductions: outsourcing their accident management program

May 2, 2012

In the wink of an eye

The after-effects of a serious crash can last years, or even a lifetime. The impact is entirely disproportionate to the time it takes for a crash scenario to develop. One instant you're cruising down the road, the next you're smashed to smithereens.

April 3, 2012

Cheap insurance, really cheap insurance

A set of visual brake stroke indicators costs no more than a few bucks per wheel-end, and can save hundreds by preventing just one out-of-service situation. So why aren't more fleets and owner-operators using them

March 14, 2012

How Do You Know Your Drivers Are Doing Proper Inspections?

A key strategy that has emerged for fleets to help improve their scores under FMCSA's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime - more commonly known as CSA - is a proper pre-trip inspection

February 14, 2012

The New Hours Rule: Did FMCSA Find A Sweet Spot?

Almost no one is happy about the new hours of service rule. Maybe that means the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the moves that will lead to stability, at long last. Or maybe not.

February 13, 2012

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see -- including DOT roadside inspectors

February 13, 2012

Top 5 Cargo Securement Violations

In 2011, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspectors conducted about 2 million vehicle inspections. In the cargo securement sphere, the most common violations found during roadside inspections were "failure to prevent shifting cargo" (16,345) and "leaking/spilling/blowing/falling cargo" (10,872)

January 30, 2012

Driving Tips to Protect Light-Duty Fleets This Winter

As we settle into the new year, winter 2012 is just beginning to flex its muscles

January 17, 2012

Stability Control: Cheap Insurance

Some time soon, if we don't already, we'll have a rulemaking proposal that ultimately will put a stability-control system on every new tractor, and maybe retrofit such a system on all tank trailers too, old or new. I'm sold on both ideas

January 17, 2012

Schneider National Safety Guru Don Osterberg on the FMCSA's New Enforcement Program

We spoke with Don Osterberg, vice president of safety at mega-carrier Schneider National and a leader in trucking safety, about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability enforcement progra

January 17, 2012

Data Shows Speeding and Log Violations are Main CSA Culprits; Technology Can Help

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

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