Have you prepared your terminal facility for the
long 4th of July holiday weekend?
It is not uncommon for thieves to target truck
terminals and truck dealerships over the holidays. Thieves know
that holiday weekends are a good opportunity for a successful theft
as the possibility exists for no one to be at your 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 lot to make
sure that security fencing are 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
Independence Day Holiday
During this Independence
Day weekend, please take a moment to honor America and all that we
are. Also, remember our military servicemen and women who are
protecting our freedom across the globe and fighting for those who
do not have the liberty our great country provides. Let us never
forget those who have sacrificed before us to protect the United
States and the values we hold dear.
What are you doing to retain the good drivers that
you have in your fleet?
As many of us anticipated
driver turnover as reported by the ATA is on the rise. For 2014 the
annualized turnover rate is at 97% for large carriers. It is
anticipated that turnover will continue to rise in 2015 and could
very well hit a rate of 100% by the end of the year. As the
economy grows and the driver market tightens turnover will increase.
Although these number are representative of large common carriers
the demand for drivers will be felt industry wide affecting all
types of carriers in the industry. The question for you
is.....What are you doing right now to retain the good drivers that
you have in your fleet?
The following are some
tips for consideration:
for your company policies and procedures for honesty with your
drivers. Make sure the policies are forthright and
achievable by your drivers. The number one reason a
driver leaves the employment of a motor carrier is that the
driver feels that the company has been dishonest with
need to be recognized as an asset to the company and a valued
part of the company in all aspects of their operations and
drivers in the operations of your company on a regular basis,
i.e.: equipment selection, accident review committees, policy
and procedure issues, customer service relationships
etc. Develop a relationship with your drivers, know who
they are, show a genuine concern for their welfare and
longevity with the company. This relationship should be
consistent from the top management and ownership down.
your pay and benefit programs to make sure they are
competitive in the industry.
your vehicle maintained with a systematic maintenance and
inspection program that insures a safe operating unit for your
ongoing training. It has been proven that drivers that
receive training and are elevated in position are less likely
to leave your company.
adhere to your driver hiring and selection standards.
Qualified, experienced drivers to not want to be associated
with a company that hires substandard drivers.
a structured and comprehensive new driver orientation-training
program. Drivers need to know the policies and
procedures of the company prior to being placed into
service. If the driver is informed of polices-procedures
after being placed into service they will likely terminate, as
they do not know what other polices-procedures they will be
required to comply with in their job later on.
drivers for their achievements and performance. Safe
driving awards, longevity awards, customer service, etc.
Provide the drivers with recognition that they cannot get
anywhere else. The recognition should be personalized to the
driver. Coats with their name and achievement, decals
for the side of their units with their first name and
achievement, plaques, etc. All driver recognition should
take place with other drivers as their peers in attendance.
a driver terminates employment, conduct an exit interview.
This can be done in person or send a self addressed stamped
envelope to the driver with a written evaluation to be
completed. Try to determine what the actual reason for
the driver leaving your employment.
NHTSA publishes ESC systems final rule for heavy
trucks, large buses
On June 23, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final
rule establishing new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 136
to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on truck
tractors and certain buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of
greater than 11,793 kilograms (26,000 pounds).
ESC systems in truck
tractors and large buses are designed to reduce untripped rollovers
and mitigate severe understeer or oversteer conditions that lead to
loss of control by using automatic computer-controlled braking and
reducing engine torque output.
The effective date of this rule is August 24, 2015.
Petitions for reconsideration of this final rule must be received
not later than August 7, 2015. Petitions must refer to Docket No.
NHTSA-2015-0056 and be submitted to the Administrator, National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE.,
Washington, DC 20590.
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the 4th of July Holiday being observed next week, your next Safety
Bulletin will be sent to you Friday, July 10th.
Safety Fitness Determination proposal sent to OMB
A proposed rule to
change the way in which motor carriers are given a safety rating by
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was sent on
June 23, 2015, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB is
given 90 days to review the proposed rulemaking, potentially
offering FMCSA recommendations on its content before it appears in
the Federal Register for stakeholder comments.
The Carrier Safety Fitness Determination proposal is
needed in order for the agency to alter the current safety rating
process from a compliance review to a data-driven model under the
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program.
and Participate in National Safety Month
Everyone has something
they live to see or experience. No matter what your passion is, we
engage in safe behaviors so we can live for what matters to us.
This June, the National
Safety Council (NSC) is celebrating your passions with the theme of
"What I Live
For". By sharing your stories and
providing you with resources such as posters, tip sheets, safety
checklists and an infographic.
This year, the NSC will
be focusing on the important topics of prescription painkiller
abuse, transportation safety, ergonomics, emergency preparedness
and slips, trips and falls. Be on the lookout as we get closer to
June for materials you can use to engage your employees,
co-workers, family and friends in safety.
Register Now for the 2015 Idealease/NPTC Safety
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:
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