Next Week is National Truck Driver
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is when
America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for
their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy's
most demanding and important jobs. These 3.1 million professional
men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on
time, they also keep our highways safe.
Driver Recognition Awards
Next week is Truck Driver Appreciation week and it is
a good time to review your award and recognition programs that you
have in place. It is important that we recognize those drivers who
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 recognition award are
that they are non-monetary and 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.).
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 (www.truckline.com) and the
National Private Truck Council (NPTC). The NPTC has the Driver Hall
of Fame and National Driver All-Stars driver's awards programs that
are available to NPTC members. Go to: www.nptc.org to
enroll your driver.
Driver Incentive Awards
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 clean
October 5 - 11 Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week is coming and it
is a good time to review with your drivers how to prevent fires and
how to react to a fire that occurs in their commercial motor
Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a
driver's daily vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many
times I will be looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher
has lost it pressure do to a leak or was used and returned to the
truck without being recharged. The actions of a driver at the time
of a fire are crucial in saving lives and controlling the amount of
When a fire
occurs in a commercial motor vehicle the driver has to know two
to operate a fire extinguisher.
Fire safety and fire extinguisher operation should be
part of every new driver's orientation program.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations require
that all commercial motor vehicles have a fire extinguisher on
board that is of the correct size, type and properly secured and
labeled. Did you know that a CMV with hazardous materials is
required to have a different size extinguisher than those not
carrying hazardous material?
Here are the
§393.95 Emergency equipment on all power units.
Each truck, truck tractor, and bus (except those towed in
driveaway-towaway operations) must be equipped as follows:
(i) A power unit that is used to transport hazardous
materials in a quantity that requires placarding must be equipped
with a fire extinguisher having an Underwriters' Laboratories
rating of 10 B:C or more.
(ii) A power unit that is not used to transport
hazardous materials must be equipped with either:
(A) A fire extinguisher having an Underwriters'
Laboratories rating of 5 B:C or more; or
(B) Two fire extinguishers, each of which has an
Underwriters' Laboratories rating of 4 B:C or more.
(2) Labeling and marking. Each fire extinguisher
required by this section must be labeled or marked by the
manufacturer with its Underwriters' Laboratories rating.
(3) Visual Indicators. The fire extinguisher must be
designed, constructed, and maintained to permit visual
determination of whether it is fully charged.
(4) Condition, location, and mounting. The fire
extinguisher(s) must be filled and located so that it is readily
accessible for use. The extinguisher(s) must be securely mounted to
prevent sliding, rolling, or vertical movement relative to the
(5) Extinguishing agents. The fire extinguisher must
use an extinguishing agent that does not need protection from
freezing. Extinguishing agents must comply with the toxicity
provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New
Alternatives Policy (SNAP) regulations under 40 CFR Part 82,
What you can
do to prevent the likelihood of a fire starting in your Commercial
a thorough pre- and post-trip inspection daily of the fuel,
electrical, exhausts systems, tires and cargo of your truck.
the unit clean from excess grease, fuel and oil.
your dash gauges while in operation for signs of overheating.
your mirrors for signs of smoke or flames.
new Post Emission 2007 and newer units be aware of
regeneration of the after treatment program and where the
regeneration occurs as exhaust temperatures reach high levels
the cargo that you have on board and its fire potential.
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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Sept. 14-20, 2014
Make plans now to recognize your drivers.
Oct. 5-11, 2014
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