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Sent:                               Friday, April 11, 2014 4:58 PM


Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time!



Idealease Safety Bulletin






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 Seat Belt Usage


As I 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 violation.

  • When ordering your trucks specify them with bright orange or yellow seat belts for better belt visibility.

  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.

One-third 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.


A total 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.  


Question 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


Safety 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.



Wearing 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.



Safety 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.



It's 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.



It 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.



Good 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 cord.



A large 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.



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.



A lap 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

The 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 tragedy tomorrow.

New Regulation Regarding Driver DOT Physicals Effective May 21st!




Attention Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:


Did you know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014?


To 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 Examiners.

If 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.


You can find certified medical examiners in your area-or anywhere in the country-easily by following


1.  Visit the National Registry Web site and search by Zip Code, State, or examiner name.


2.  Choose a certified medical examiner from the list and call to make an appointment.


3.  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.


Please 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 it along!

Thank you for keeping America moving and for your commitment to safer roadways.


April 11, 2014



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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:




Safety Seminar Schedule: 


16-Apr: Philadelphia, PA

16-Apr: Lodi, CA

17-Apr: San Leandro, CA

17-Apr: Newburgh, NY

22-Apr: Wausau, WI

23-Apr: Dubuque, IA

23-Apr: Weirton, WV

24-Apr: Milwaukee, WI

24-Apr: Butler, PA

29-Apr: Harrisburg, PA

30-Apr: Greensboro, NC

1-May: Erie, PA

1-May: Columbia, SC

6-May: Toronto, Ontario

6-May: Everett, WA

8-May: Denver, CO

8-May: Edmonton, AB

13-May: South Bend, IN

14-May: Chicago, IL

15-May: Springfield, IL





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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