Check out our latest issue of In the Safety Zone ™ featuring topics on preparing for safe winter driving, avoiding slips, trips and falls, how to ward off colds and flu, and a year in review safety quiz. In the Safety Zone Newsletter – Volume 6, Issue 8 (November 2013)
Regulatory shocks such as the recent change in hours of service regulations are tough on trucking, but they do tend to lead to the ability of fleets to raise rates. If the Federal Motor Carrier Administration actually promulgates the kind of regulations they say they want to, the industry can expect more shocks, perhaps a batch of them by the end of 2014.
That was a key point made by Noel Perry, managing director and senior consultant with FTR, in the company’s “State of Freight” conference call last week. “Additional hires are going to be required by FMCSA changes,” he said. “If federal agencies do what they say they’re going to do, by the third quarter of 2015, we will need to hire another 160,000 drivers.” Read the full article at http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/news/story/2013/11/ftr-state-of-freight-steady-growth-capacity-tightening.aspx.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its top ten list of trucking industry concerns this week. Go to http://www.todaystrucking.com/the-big-list-of-trucking-industry-concerns to read more.
CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), state, provincial and local law enforcement and industry launched the campaign in 2007 to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles. The FMCSA reports that 3,675 persons lost their lives in 2010 in truck involved traﬃc crashes. Driver distraction/inattention has been identified as one of the top five causation factors in large truck and bus crashes.
Operation Safe Driver will hold activities across the United States, Canada and Mexico that aim to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; driver regulatory compliance; implementation of commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; and, awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
To learn more, go to http://www.cvsa.org/osd/.
The CVSA has published the results of the 2013 Roadcheck–Here are some quick facts from the three day event:
-73,023 inspections were performed
-One in Five vehicles inspected were placed out of service
-Out of the 47,771 Level 1 inspections conducted (full road-side inspection), 24.1% of inspections were found to have out of service (OOS) defects
-899 seatbelt violations issued
-an estimated 10,000 inspectors participated in this 3 day event
For the full results published by CVSA, click here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/9/prweb11113426.htm
Along with the American Trucking Associations and the entire trucking industry, TransForce honors and acknowledges the millions of professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), there are over 3.1 million professional truck drivers nationwide – delivering life’s essentials. These professional men and women behind the wheel log close to 398 billion miles each year and in 2011 delivered 67 percent of the U.S. freight tonnage – or over 9.2 billion tons of freight. 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on the trucking industry. Professional truck drivers keep this country moving.
“We are extremely proud of the 2,000 drivers that we have working for us. Our drivers are dedicated to DOT compliance and safe driving,” says Dan Horvath, Director of Compliance.
During the week Sept. 16-22, TransForce drivers will receive driver appreciation packages and have the opportunity to participate in cookouts, giveaways, and other events to show our appreciation.
We take this week to recognize the significant contributions of our professional truck drivers. The efficiency and safety that these drivers guarantee allow businesses and American citizens to confidently ship goods across state lines and throughout America.
This is a week dedicated to enforcement during roadside inspections of brake violations. Drivers need to do proper pre-trips and discuss any maintenance issues (especially brakes) with the appropriate maintenance staff before driving the vehicle. For more information, go to http://www.cvsa.org/programs/op_airbrake.php.
There’s a shortage of truck drivers in South Carolina and nationwide, which means job opportunities, but could also mean higher prices for you. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the U.S. will need about 330,000 more truck drivers by 2020. Some estimates are even higher.
There are several reasons for the shortage. A driver is out on the road and not at home every night. The average age of truck drivers nationwide is 55, according to the BLS, so a lot of drivers are nearing retirement age. And at the other end of the age spectrum, you have to be 21 years old to drive, which means someone coming out of high school at 18 finds something else to do before he’s old enough to drive a truck. The demand for drivers is also increasing because the economy is starting to improve, so there are more retail goods, equipment, and building supplies that need to be moved by truck. To read the full article, go to Truck Driver Shortage Affecting SC and Nation.