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February Is Heart Month: Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?

During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.


Recognizing a Stroke


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.


Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:



Ask  the individual to SMILE.


Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently) (i.e. It is sunny out  today.)


Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.


If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks , call  emergency number immediately and describe the  symptoms to the dispatcher.


New  Sign of a Stroke: Stick out Your Tongue! Ask the person to  'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke. 



Question of the Week


My drivers are also sales persons, are there any exceptions to the hours of service regulations that I can utilize for my operation?




Under Code of Federal Regulations CFR 395.1(c), a driver meeting the "driver-salesperson" definition in § 395.2 (private carrier, solely delivering and selling goods or services, 100 air-mile radius, no more than 50% of on-duty time is driving) does not have to comply with the 60/70-hour limitation if the driver does not exceed 40 hours driving in any 7-consecutive-day period.


May use the following exemptions:

  • A property-carrying driver-salesperson may use the "no RODS" provision of § 395.1(e)(1) if the driver-salesperson meets the requirements of operating within a 100-air-mile radius and has at least 10 consecutive hours off-duty separating each 12 hours on-duty. Although a driver-salesperson is not required to return to the work reporting location to be released from work within 12 hours, the driver may not drive after the 14 th hour after coming on duty. Driver-salespersons using the 100-air-mile radius exception must complete a RODS on days in which they exceed 12 hours on duty.
  • A driver-salesperson may be eligible to use the 16-hour exception of § 395.1(o) if the driver meets all of the requirements of that section.
  • A property-carrying driver-salesperson may use the 150-mile exemption, if operating vehicles between 10,000 lbs GVWR and 26,000 lbs GVWR.



Driver Recognition Awards


Now is the time to review the driver recognition awards program that you have in place and recognize your drivers who operated safely in 2014. It is important that we recognize those drivers who have performed in a safe and compliant manner. Recognition awards are best used for safe driving. A recognition award should be an award that the driver or employee cannot get anywhere else. It is best if these awards are personalized. Benefits of a recognition award are that they are non-monetary and will have a longer lasting effect. A driver should not be able to go and buy this award on their own. The only way to receive the award and recognition is to meet the requirements for receiving the award. These awards can be further enhanced by presenting award group presentations with peers (i.e. meetings, banquets, etc.).


As a motor carrier, there are a number of state and nationwide association award programs that you can enroll your drivers in. I would recommend that you contact your state trucking association for a listing of the awards programs that are available. There are a variety of awards programs available for your drivers through organizations such as the American Trucking Association ( and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). If you are a NPTC member your drivers are eligible for the Driver Hall of Fame and National Driver All-Stars driver's awards programs. Go to: to enroll your driver.


Driver Incentive Awards:


Incentive monetary awards are best used to motivate a driver to perform.  These types of incentive programs are successful in motivating the driver to achieve a specific goal such a certain fuel mileage or a clean roadside inspection.




February 6, 2015



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Jury Finds ADA Violation for Drover Who Self-Reported Alcohol Abuse


On January 15, 2015, a federal jury found that Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it denied a reasonable accommodation to a truck driver who self-reported alcohol abuse and then fired him.


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit on behalf of the driver. The EEOC claimed that when the former driver self-reported an alcohol problem, it included seeking assistance from Old Dominion, but the driver and local management were unaware that the company maintained an unwritten policy of not allowing drivers who self-report alcohol abuse to return to driving. Old Dominion offered the driver a part-time dock position at half the pay and no health benefits. Old Dominion later charged the driver with job abandonment and terminated him in June 2009.


The EEOC argued that Old Dominion's unwritten policy of never returning drivers to driving who self-report alcohol abuse actually endangered the public, because testimony by both a current and former driver indicated they would be reluctant to report a problem as a result of the company policy. The jury returned a verdict for the EEOC and awarded the driver $119,612 in back pay.




Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety Seminars!


Idealease, its members and the National Private Truck Council NPTC will again be hosting safety seminars in 2015. The one day seminars this year will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and CSA.  The seminars and will be provided 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 register for an upcoming seminar in 2015 CLICK HERE



2015 Idealease Safety Seminar Schedule:


March 4

Portland, OR

March 5

Seattle, WA

March 17

Chattanooga, TN

 March 18

Atlanta, GA

March 19

Nashville, TN

March 24

Houston, TX

March 25

Lafayette, LA

March 26

Mobile, AL

March 31

Kansas City, MO

April 1

St. Louis, MO

April 2

Memphis, TN

April 7

Cincinnati, OH

April 8

Columbus, OH

April 9

Elkhart, IN

April 14

Linden, NJ

April 14

Phoenix, AZ

April 15

San Leandro, CA

April 16

Lodi, CA

April 21

Santa Fe Springs, CA

April 21

Harrisburg, PA

April 22

Ventura, CA

April 22

Landover, MD

April 23

Baltimore, MD

April 28

Oklahoma City, OK

April 30

Milwaukee, WI

May 5

Kelowna, BC

May 6

Lexington, KY

May 7

Denver, CO

May 12

Tampa, FL

May 12

Detroit, MI

May 14

Minneapolis, MN

May 20

Altoona, IA

June 25

Santa Rosa, CA

October 14

Grand Rapids, MI

October 20

Las Vegas, NV

October 22

San Martin, CA





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.



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