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Have all of your CDL Drivers Provided their State Drivers License Agency with their Medical Examiner Certificate?
 
* Starting January 30, 2012 and no later than January 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to their State Drivers Licensing Agency (SDLA) regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL.

* You must determine what type of commerce you operate in. You must certify to your SDLA to one of the four types of commerce you operate in as listed below,
- Interstate non-excepted: You are an Interstate non-excepted driver and must meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements (e.g. - you are "not excepted").
- Interstate excepted: You are an Interstate excepted driver and do not have to meet the Federal DOT medical card requirements.
- Intrastate non-excepted: You are an Intrastate non-excepted driver and are required to meet the medical requirements for your State.
- Intrastate excepted: You are an Intrastate excepted driver and do not have to meet the medical requirements for your State.

If you are subject to the DOT medical card requirements, provide a copy of each new DOT medical card to your SDLA prior to the expiration of the current DOT medical

Those who do not need to have a license renewal, upgrade or transfer during the two-year implementation process still must self-certify and provide the certificate, often called a DOT card, by the 2014 deadline.

*State agencies who do not receive self-certification, medical certificates and any required variance from CDL-holders by the compliance deadline must notify drivers that they are no longer medically certified in non-excepted interstate commerce. State officials will remove all CDL privileges from their licenses.

For specific State by State requirements for drivers and information related to how a State is handling the Medical Certification requirements, and to determine who to contact for additional information, click on the following link:
Parking Lot Accident Exposure Increases during the Holidays!

As we are drawing near to the holiday season it is time to remind your drivers of the exposures that exist in parking lots as they make deliveries and pickups. Parking lots at this time of the year can be especially dangerous for drivers making
deliveries or just stopping for lunch. The exposure exists for a vehicle accident as well as being involved in an accident as a pedestrian. 

This holiday season pay special attention when operating in a parking lot and observe the following advice:

*Wear your seatbelt - even low speed collisions can throw you around the cab of your truck.
*Obey all traffic signs such as Stop and Yield
*Drive slowly and use your turn signals and headlights - make sure your vehicle is seen and watch for distracted motorists who do not see you coming
*Obey traffic lanes and do NOT drive diagonally across lots (watch for cars cutting diagonally across lots)
*Slow down for speed bumps as not to injure yourself or damage your cargo.
*Use delivery driveway entrances for customers that auto traffic is not likely to use.
*Beware of motorist who are lost or distracted looking for specialty stores that are not frequented.
*Be extra careful at entrances and exits - motorists stop suddenly and for no apparent reason - tailgaters often end up in rear-end collisions, and rushing while turning into access road or side street traffic can also lead to collisions
*Be especially careful in lots that contain Post Offices, package stores and other locations where people are prone to dart in and out hastily in a hurry to be on their way
*Be extra careful during peak times when reckless drivers may speed through lanes while trying to get a "better spot" closer to the shops
*Some drivers are on the "hunt" for an ideal parking spot and may drive erratically - watching for open spots rather than watching where they are driving! These drivers often circle the lanes nearest to their store - parking away from stores may make a longer walk, but prove less dangerous from a vehicle collision standpoint
*Lock your truck at all times when not attended. Parking lots are very busy and are often targeted by thieves.

*FACT: The first parking lot in the world was created in Fort Wayne, Indiana no doubt just in time for holiday shopping.

3 Point Rule!  ...No, I am not talking Basketball.
 
Now is a good time to remind drivers to follow the 3 Point Rule while getting in and out of their trucks. During the winter months footing conditions are compromised and the chance of slipping or falling is increased. The 3 Point Rule is simply that you keep three out of four of your contact points (hands and feet) secured to keep
from slipping or falling. When exiting a truck, for example, one hand on the cab handle, one hand gripping interior door handle and one foot on a step while the other foot is in transition, by doing this you always maintain three points of contact.
 

November 22nd, 2013
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Driver Tip of the Week
 
ALWAYS MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE!

 

Inspect your vehicle before each trip and check your brakes regularly. Learn how to inspect your brakes, identify safety defects, and get them repaired before risking your life and others on the highway.

  

Have you prepared your terminal facility for the long holiday weekend?

It is not uncommon for thieves to target truck terminals over the holidays as they know it is a good opportunity are there is no one there. Make sure that you take extra precaution to secure the trucks and items of value at your terminal. If your units do not have anti-siphon devices or locking caps instruct the drivers not to fill the units at the end of the day. Make sure that all security alarms are in working order. Walk the perimeter of the lot to make sure that security fencing is in good condition. Move units and all other material such as pallets, tires, etc far enough away from the fence so they cannot be used to climb on to get over the fence. Consider blocking the entrance and exits to the lot so units cannot be stolen. Check all security alarm and camera systems to make sure they are in working order. Throughout the three day weekend assign management personnel to check the terminal randomly. Using a little prevention and common sense can deter a would be thief from striking your facility

There will be no Idealease Safety Bulletin next week, Friday, Nov. 29, during the Thanksgiving Holiday week.

   

 

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday with your Family and Friends!

 


The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.