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Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - An Aging Driver Force



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An Aging Driver Force


As we look into the future the threat a driver shortage looms as a "perfect storm". There are many variables that would have an impact on the shortage. One element of the potential coming driver shortage is an aging workforce combined with a decline in the primary demographic group that comprises the bulk of the driver pool. As we see freight volumes increase many fleets are experiencing difficulty in attracting qualified drivers and may be unable to seat trucks or add capacity at a time when freight volumes are growing. If current demographic trends continue, that shortage of truck drivers could increase to 111,000 by the end of the year. As transportation managers we are seeing our driver work force continue to age. The average age of a truck driver in the United States is over 50 years. Since 2000, the number of truck drivers 55 or older has surged 19%, to about 616,000, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Truck companies with baby boomer drivers insist their safety record is at least as good as that of younger drivers. This is absolutely a segment of our driving force that we need and depend on. As all of us age, we do not physically or mentally age at the same rate.


The FMCSA does not have a maximum age limit for drivers of commercial motor vehicles unlike that of the FAA concerning pilots. All drivers are subject to the medical qualifications of medical certification requirements of CFR 391.

But, the question remains, how do we as transportation managers know when it is time to ask for the keys of a driver that is no longer able to operate safely?


Here are a few suggestions:


1. Develop a proactive safety and loss control program with policies and procedure that are not bias to age.


2. Require all drivers to have physical

examinations completed by company doctor who is knowledgeable of the FMCSA regulations regarding physical qualifications of drivers.


3. Develop job descriptions and job requirements for all positions based on actual requirements of the job activity.


4. Implement a defensive driver training program with updated training annually for all drivers.


5. Administer structured check rides at least annually to all drivers to access the driver's skills and abilities.


6. Develop a continuing relationship with all drivers to keep an open line of communication regarding the driver's ability to complete their driving responsibilities safely.


7. Be vigilant and observant of the actions of all drivers.




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.



Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and

Federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections. CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). Roadcheck is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.


Since its inception in 1988, the roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 Million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided. It has also provided for the distribution of countless pieces of educational literature and safety events to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.





Memorial Day Holiday


As we celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday let us not lose site of the freedom that we all enjoy. On May 3, 2000, President William J. Clinton, designated that 3:00 pm on Memorial Day as a time for US citizens to observe one minute of silence in respect and reverence to those individuals who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom of the United States of America.


Also keep in your thoughts and prayers the well being of the lives of the men and women who currently serve in our armed forces.


Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.



Now is the time to prepare your terminal facility for the long Memorial Day holiday next weekend?


This is the first three day holiday weekend of the year and it is not uncommon for thieves to target truck terminals and truck dealerships over the holidays. Diesel fuels in your unit's tanks are especially vulnerable to theft as the cost now exceeds $4.00 a gallon. Another theft item that has escalated in the last two years is the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). The DPF is constructed with precious metals. Thieves use a battery powered saws all to cut off the DPF. Thieves know it is a good opportunity for a successful theft as the possibility exists for no one to be at the facility.


Make sure that you take extra precaution to secure the trucks and items of value at your facility.

  • 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 and cameras are in working order.
  • Walk the perimeter of the yard 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.
  • Review your security lighting to make sure it is operational and adequate. Lighting can be obstructed by vehicles or trees allowing a thief a place to be unseen.
  • Consider blocking the entrance and exits to the lot so units cannot be stolen.
  • Throughout the three day weekend assign management personnel to check the terminal randomly.
  • Notify local law enforcement officials of your hours of operation over the holidays so they know when to expect activity at your location.

Using a little prevention and common sense can deter a thief from striking your facility and disrupting your business!


May 23, 2014



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Due to the Memorial Day Holiday your next Idealease Safety Bulletin

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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.







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