look at our customer's CSA SMS scores I continue to see a numerous
violations regarding failure to use a seat belt. This violation
carries a point weighting of 7 and is detrimental to the carriers
"Unsafe Driving" basic score in the CSA SMS. By drivers
operating your trucks and NOT wearing a seat belt they are
providing an unnecessary risk that you do NOT need! In addition, if
you take a look at these violations in states that have a not
wearing a seat belt is a primary offense it is the catalyst for a
roadside inspection going beyond just a seat belt violation.
Tips for increased seat belt usage:
- A company policy stating
that the seat belt is to be worn in all company vehicles at
all times while the vehicle is in motion.
· Defined disciplinary action in
your company policy to be taken when a driver receives a seat belt
- When ordering your trucks specify
them with bright orange or yellow seat belts for better belt
· Consider providing having a
company seat belt life insurance policy for drivers as an incentive
for them to wear their seat belt. The policy would pay the driver's
beneficiary if they are killed in an accident while driving your
truck and wearing the seat belt.
of the 635 truck occupants who died in accidents during 2011 were
not wearing a seat belt, according to a Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration analysis released last week. In a 2010 FMCSA
analysis of seat belt usage the overall safety belt usage rate for
drivers of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses rose from 74
percent in 2009 to 78 percent in 2010. The usage rate for CMV other
occupants also increased from 61 percent in 2009 to 64 percent in
2010. Safety belt usage among CMV drivers has steadily increased
from 65 percent in 2007 to 72 percent in 2008 and 74 percent in
2009. This 2010 survey result represents a 20 percent increase in
safety belt usage compared to 2007 survey results.
of 26,830 CMVs, 26,830 drivers, and 1,929 other occupants were
observed at 998 sites. Safety belt use was observed to be higher in
states governed by primary belt use laws (80 percent) than
secondary belt use laws (72 percent). Safety belt usage among
drivers and other occupants in units identified as part of a fleet
(80 percent) was also observed to be higher than independent
owner-operators (71 percent). These estimates show an increase from
2009. Observations on the use of safety belts were conducted on a
sample of arterial roads and limited access highways by trained
data collectors and the data collection protocol remained the same
as last year. All data were collected on Personal Digital
Assistants (PDAs) utilizing a customized data collection program.
of the Week
Is it a requirement of the Federal Motor Carrier
regulations for a driver to wear a safety belt while driving a
commercial motor vehicle?
Answer: FMCSR 392.16 requires a driver to wear a
safety belt while in operation of a Commercial Vehicle.
Does your company driver
policy address seat belt usage?
Seat Belt Myth's
belts are uncomfortable and restrict movement. FACT: A 2005
Transportation Research Board study on commercial drivers' safety
belt usage found many drivers do not find wearing safety
belts to be uncomfortable or too restrictive of their
movements. Once they correctly adjust the seat, lap and
shoulder belt, most drivers find that discomfort and
restrictive movement can be alleviated.
a safety belt is a personal decision that doesn't affect anyone
else. FACT: Not wearing a safety belt can certainly affect your
family and loved ones. It can also affect other motorists since
wearing a safety belt can help you avoid losing control of your
truck in a crash. It's the law; Federal regulations require
commercial vehicle drivers to buckle up.
belts prevent your escape from a burning or submerged vehicle.
FACT: Safety belts can keep you from being knocked unconscious,
improving your chances of escape. Fire or submersion occurs in less
than 5% of fatal large truck crashes.
better to be thrown clear of the wreckage in the event of a crash.
FACT: An occupant of a vehicle is four times as likely to be
fatally injured when thrown from the vehicle. In 2004, 168 truck
drivers died when they were ejected from their cabs during a crash.
takes too much time to fasten your safety belt 20 times a day. ACT:
Buckling up takes about three seconds. Even buckling up 20 times a
day requires only one minute.
truck drivers don't need to wear safety belts. FACT: Good
drivers usually don't cause collisions, but it's possible that
during your career you will be involved in a crash caused by a
bad driver, bad weather, mechanical failure, or tire blowout.
Wearing a safety belt prevents injuries and fatalities by
preventing ejection, and by protecting your head and spinal
truck will protect you. Safety belts are unnecessary. FACT: In
2004, 634 drivers of large trucks died in truck crashes and 303 of
those drivers were not wearing safety belts. Of the 168 drivers
killed who were ejected from their vehicles, almost 75% were not
wearing safety belts.
aren't necessary for low-speed driving. FACT: In a frontal
collision occurring at 30 mph, an unbelted person continues to move
forward at 30 mph causing him/her to hit the windshield at about 30
mph. This is the same velocity a person falling from the top of a
three story building would experience upon impact with the ground.
belt offers sufficient protection. FACT: The lap and shoulder belt
design has been proven to hold a driver securely behind the wheel
in the event of a crash, greatly increasing the driver's ability to
maintain control of the vehicle and minimizing the chance for
serious injury or death.
Roadcheck America is coming June 3-5, 2014....
Driving the Point Home!
Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program
on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks
or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to
Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June.
June is National Safety Month
2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of
us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction - a
key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence. A successful safety
program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk
and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June
to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your
workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent
New Regulation Regarding Driver DOT Physicals
Effective May 21st!
Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:
know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014?
keep America's interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer,
all interstate CMV drivers will soon be required to have their
medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner
listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry of Certified Medical
you're an interstate CMV driver, you already need a valid medical
certificate signed by a medical examiner. The only change is that
after May 21, 2014, you'll need to go to a certified medical
examiner for your medical certificate. If you've already had an
exam and have a current certificate that certificate will be valid
until its regular expiration date.
find certified medical examiners in your area-or anywhere in the
country-easily by following
Visit the National Registry Web site
and search by Zip Code, State, or examiner name.
Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make
If your preferred health care professional isn't on the list,
simply refer him or her to the Certified Medical Examiners page to
learn more about getting certified.
spread the word and encourage your fellow CMV drivers to find a
Certified Medical Examiner by May 21st. They can find more
information in the Fact Sheet for Drivers or by going
to the National Registry Web site, so pass
you for keeping America moving and for your commitment to safer
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Registration is Now Open Online for the 2014
Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars
Idealease, its affiliates and the National Private
Truck Council (NPTC) will again be hosting safety seminars in 2014.
The one-day seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance,
regulation changes and CSA. The seminars will be available to all
Idealease customers, potential customers and NPTC members at no
charge. The seminar provides important information applicable for
both the novice and experienced transportation professionals.
To view the schedule and register for an upcoming
seminar in 2014 click on the following link:
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of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin
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certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements,
or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or
governing body, or industry standards.