Checked the brakes lately? Best practice is to check brake and air brake systems daily.
They better be in good shape September 11-17, 2016!!
CVSA ( Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) along with FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is holding Brake Safety Week with extra inspectors out and about. Read their press release here.
Brake and brake part violations were the largest percentage (43 %)of all out-of-service violations during the Roadcheck 2015 inspections.
What? Um, what do FMCSA regulations and the family mean? Does that make any sense?
I grew up in a trucking family. I remember riding with my dad when i was a kid. That was a long time ago. Before seat-belts in trucks, before safety was even up for discussion.
A driver in Kentucky thought he would bring his family along in his truck. And now he is facing steep fines.
Read the imminent hazard declaration here.
If you want to take the family in the truck, it can be done. If you drive or have your truck leased to a company, you need to find out what the policy is. If the policy says you can bring a passenger, you need to carry that authorization with you. Kids need to be in appropriate safety seats. Everyone needs a seat-belt.
Kids love trucks, they like to watch them, touch them and sit in them. But they are kids, you have to watch them like a hawk. This driver in Kentucky had some other issues, like alcohol in the truck so its not likely that safety was the first thing on his mind.
Fortunately the Highway Patrol stopped him before something bad happened.
If your a trucking family, the kids are going to want to be in the truck!
Just make sure you all stay safe and follow the law!
Update: May 10, 2016
Read here about one of the reasons the testing rate is likely to go up.
The testing rate 2016 is 25%. Read FMCSA’s Notice of program change here.
I’m talking about random drug testing for commercial drivers of trucks and buses. This is the first change since the drug and alcohol programs began in the 1990’s.
Don’t get comfortable with that. The statistics are skewed.
Of the 1.2 million motor carriers currently working in the US, 1,654 were surveyed for their drug and alcohol testing results.
Lets do the math on that.
0.137%. So less than 1% were surveyed. Not a number i’m comfortable with.
So its great we have this lull of only testing 25% of our commercial drivers, don’t count on it for next year.
We are always harping on FMCSA regulations! What a pain! Just last week we blogged about a company in Massachusetts that was shut down by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration). Read that blog here.
I can hear you say, well that’s over on the East Coast, a long way from me.
Well, March 11, 2016 FMCSA shut down a motor carrier in Wyoming. Some of their issues:
- Failing to do background checks on drivers
- Failure to monitor drivers hours of service
- Failing to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on drivers
- Employing a driver that had a Lifetime CDL disqualification
Read the the Imminent hazard out-of-service order here.
In February, a North Carolina trucking company was shut down for similar problems. Read their out-of-service order here.
Fines start about $10,000 and go up.
Prison time starts at 1 year.
So take a look at your operation. Are you conducting background checks? We can do that. Are you in a random drug and alcohol program? We can do that. Do you do the required yearly check of Commercial Drivers License? We can do that.
We can do that. Call us. 866-844-0661