Safety http://fleetowner.com/taxonomy/term/6600/more en Video makes for better drivers http://fleetowner.com/safety/video-makes-better-drivers <div class="field-deck"> How one fleet uses in-cab video to sharpen the skills of its drivers </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Rob Arbeiter, safety director for waste hauler <a href="http://customecology.com/">Custom Ecology Inc.</a> (CEI), is exceeding blunt when it comes to describing what life is like on the road for commercial fleets: &ldquo;Our drivers are in the war zone every day.&rdquo;</p> <p>By that he means CEI&rsquo;s 767 tractors and 100 service vehicles face all sorts of tactical hazards, especially from other motorists, that can cause crashes.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/video-makes-better-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/safety/video-makes-better-drivers#comments Fleet Management News Safety Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:17:00 +0000 190281 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Mirroring elements of the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5MOgcpUdQI">classroom scene</a> in the Top Gun movie, CEI uses <a href="http://www.lytx.com/">Lytx</a> DriveCam in-cab video clips automatically captured during hard braking and other safety incidents to conduct &ldquo;pre-flight&rdquo; and &ldquo;post-flight&rdquo; briefings for its drivers. (<em>Photo courtesy of CEI</em>)</p> FMCSA proposes new BASIC: Beyond Compliance http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-proposes-new-basic-beyond-compliance <div class="field-deck"> Congress requires new ‘voluntary’ safety program for trucking </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a new safety scoring category to reward trucking companies for safety programs which voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-proposes-new-basic-beyond-compliance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-proposes-new-basic-beyond-compliance#comments News Regulations Safety Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:40:00 +0000 189501 at http://fleetowner.com Groups urge Congress to resist 'giveaways' to trucking industry http://fleetowner.com/regulations/groups-urge-congress-resist-giveaways-trucking-industry <div class="field-deck"> Coalition calls on Senate to reject 'anti-safety' agenda in DOT funding bill </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>With the U.S. Senate set this week to take up the annual budget for the Dept. of Transportation, an ad hoc coalition of safety, labor, law enforcement and public health groups is urging lawmakers to resist the “insatiable” economic agenda of the trucking industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/groups-urge-congress-resist-giveaways-trucking-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/regulations/groups-urge-congress-resist-giveaways-trucking-industry#comments News Regulations Safety Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:17:00 +0000 189481 at http://fleetowner.com Thinkstock DOT: We still can't tell you what to do, but don't change anything http://fleetowner.com/regulations/dot-we-still-cant-tell-you-what-do-dont-change-anything <div class="field-deck"> Final report to Congress calls for no change to federal truck weight, trailer length restrictions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A good deal of information regarding longer or heavier truck configurations is lacking, and what is available now doesn't support any particular federal policy adjustments, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/dot-we-still-cant-tell-you-what-do-dont-change-anything" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/regulations/dot-we-still-cant-tell-you-what-do-dont-change-anything#comments Equipment News Regulations Safety Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:47:00 +0000 189451 at http://fleetowner.com Charting the Data: Large Truck Crash Facts http://fleetowner.com/truck-stats/charting-data-large-truck-crash-facts <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s annual report tracking large truck crash data provides a wide array of highway accident statistics. But the report, Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2014, contains so many numbers it can be confounding. Let's have a look.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/truck-stats/charting-data-large-truck-crash-facts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/truck-stats/charting-data-large-truck-crash-facts#comments News Safety Truck Stats Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:49:00 +0000 189371 at http://fleetowner.com FMCSA: Fatal truck crashes dropped 5% in 2014 http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-fatal-truck-crashes-dropped-5-2014 <div class="field-deck"> But more trucks involved in injury and property damage crashes, agency says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) released its annual report tracking large truck and bus crash data this week and determined that the overall involvement of trucks in crashes declined by 5% between 2013 and 2014, which includes a steep 33% drop in fatal crashes.</p> <p>However, the agency also noted a significant one-year spike in trucks involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes as well.</p> <p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-fatal-truck-crashes-dropped-5-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-fatal-truck-crashes-dropped-5-2014#comments News Safety Fri, 15 Apr 2016 20:11:00 +0000 189351 at http://fleetowner.com FMCSA issues tank cleaning notice http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-issues-tank-cleaning-notice <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Tanks tested by two Alabama companies between April 2011 and March 2016 must be re-inspected and/or retested by a firm registered with FMCSA, according to a safety advisory the agency issued.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-issues-tank-cleaning-notice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/safety/fmcsa-issues-tank-cleaning-notice#comments Equipment News Safety Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:30:00 +0000 189331 at http://fleetowner.com Speed kills, new study shows http://fleetowner.com/blog/speed-kills-new-study-shows <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>With the DOT set to publish a speed limiter mandate for trucks any day now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHHS) has come out with new study that tallies the death toll associated with higher speeds on U.S. highways—and it’s not pretty.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/running-lights">Running Lights</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/speed-kills-new-study-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/speed-kills-new-study-shows#comments News Regulations Safety Running Lights Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:16:00 +0000 189171 at http://fleetowner.com FMCSA continues to defend data-driven carrier fitness plan http://fleetowner.com/regulations/fmcsa-continues-defend-data-driven-carrier-fitness-plan <div class="field-deck"> No 'relative' scoring, so no problem with FAST Act restrictions </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>In a conference call with trucking industry media, FMCSA representatives on Thursday emphasized the proposed changes in the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) process are indeed still just “proposed,” and that the clock is ticking on the extended public comment period. And, by the way, the proposal isn’t illegal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/fmcsa-continues-defend-data-driven-carrier-fitness-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/regulations/fmcsa-continues-defend-data-driven-carrier-fitness-plan#comments News Regulations Safety Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:14:00 +0000 188761 at http://fleetowner.com Do Your Pre- and Post- Trip Inspections the Right Way http://fleetowner.com/technology/do-your-pre-and-post-trip-inspections-right-way <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Pre- and post-trip inspections can help lower the number of CSA violations a fleet receives and improve a fleet&rsquo;s maintenance and safety. But current FMCSA rules state that drivers are not required to submit them when no defects are found.&nbsp; Does that mean drivers are not doing them correctly?</p> <p>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.&nbsp; This can, unfortunately, be a game of chance.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/do-your-pre-and-post-trip-inspections-right-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/technology/do-your-pre-and-post-trip-inspections-right-way#comments Must Reads Regulations Safety Technology Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:11:00 +0000 188741 at http://fleetowner.com