Fred Fakkema

Vice President of Compliance ,
Zonar Systems

Fred is currently Vice President of Compliance for Zonar, where he leads product development to meet the compliance needs of customers today and tomorrow. Throughout 2014-16, Fred has been deeply involved in the ELD (electronic logging devices) mandate, from the policy level down to the compliance level for Zonar’s mobile telematics tablet.

Prior to joining Zonar in 2010, enjoyed a successful a 25-year career with the Washington State Patrol (WSP). During his career, he commanded the WSP Academy, Government and Relations Division and the Commercial Vehicle Division. He is the Past President for the Washington Chapter, FBI National Academy Associates. Fred is a member of the American Trucking Association (ATA) Safety Policy Committee and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

State trooper confidential: What to know about roadside inspections 1

When drivers look in their rear view mirror and spot a state patrol vehicle, they probably imagine potential scenarios that could take place. The road ahead diverges in two ways: the patrol officer could simply drive by or, in the scenario most drivers dread, the red and blue lights turn on and the officer pulls them over for a violation and/or a roadside inspection.

Summer Savings: Prevention is better than a cure

After the harsh winter storms and a wet, soggy spring, trucks and equipment are rolling into summer in a little worse shape than before. Bad weather is tough on fleets and equipment with repairs costing up to $15,000 on average, annually.

Stay on top of your ship(ment): A modern solution to securing cargo

With thousands of tons of cargo moving on the roads each day, collisions are bound to happen. Inclement weather, reckless driving by others, wildlife darting across the roadway -  these are all things beyond our control. However, one of the leading causes of big rig collisions is well within our control by exploring simple and modern solutions.  Drivers and fleet managers can easily and significantly decrease the likelihood of costly mishaps.

Dealing with the driver shortage

Since 2011 the trucking driving shortage in the U.S. has been skyrocketing.  According to the American Trucking Association’s (ATA), if the trend continues, there will likely be severe supply chain disruptions resulting in significant shipping delays, higher inventory carrying costs, and perhaps shortages at stores.   With almost 70% of all freight tonnage moved on our nation's highways the shortage could be a lit powder keg on our economy.


Do Your Pre- and Post- Trip Inspections the Right Way 1

Pre- and post-trip inspections can help lower the number of CSA violations a fleet receives and improve a fleet’s maintenance and safety. But current FMCSA rules state that drivers are not required to submit them when no defects are found.  Does that mean drivers are not doing them correctly?

That question leaves a lot up in the air for interpretation while hoping drivers, currently, with sky-rocking attrition rates, are meeting FMCSA requirements for their inspections.  This can, unfortunately, be a game of chance.

Buyer Beware

Don't forget to do your research.  It is not about who is the first certified ELD supplier.   It's about having the best and the ones with the resources and compliance experts to support you and your fleet's needs.  There are providers out there that have registered with FMCSA as “self-certified,” but FMCSA test cases are incomplete and quote the SNPRM, not the final rule.   It is highly unlikely that those who have rushed to be certified meet all the certification requirements

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