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Sent:                               Friday, September 19, 2014 4:02 PM


Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Have You Bought Into Safety?



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Have You and Your Employees

"Bought" into Safety? 


A number of years ago, after a driver safety meeting, a driver approached me and commented that he knew how to drive safely. He stated that he had not had any accidents and knew what to do in case of an accident, so why was I so intent on "selling" safety to him every chance I have? I told him that the most important sale I could ever make would be your life and safety. You may not be in a buying mood today, but later on- tomorrow, next week, next year, it may be too late. By "buying" into safety, your actions may keep others alive as well as yourself!


This is what it will cost you to "buy" into Safety:

  • Two seconds to fasten your seat belt.
  • Ten minutes for a thorough Pre-trip inspection.
  • Ten seconds to make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted.
  • Wait until you are at a safe place to talk on the phone and let the call go to voice mail.
  • Eight hours to get proper rest.
  • Thirty seconds to clean the trash from your vehicle at the end of your trip or route.
  • Keep your mind on your driving.
  • A fraction of a second to flip on your turn signal.
  • Two minutes to walk around your entire vehicle while fueling or stopped to make sure it is in safe order.
  • Leave on time and allow extra time for adverse weather conditions.
  • Slow down in poor weather conditions such as fog, rain, snow or ice.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Expect the unexpected.



Are Your Units Shining in All the Rights Places?


Recently I had a question from a customer regarding reflective sheeting (Conspicuity) markings on his tractors.  It was discovered that he had a tractor manufactured after July 1, 1997 and the mud flaps had been replaced.  After going through a roadside inspection with this unit they were cited for violation of CFR 393.11 that requires reflective sheeting on the mud flap bars of the tractor.  Currently, conspicuity regulations address semi-trailers and tractors only.  When units are involved in accidents it is also important that the reflective sheeting that is damaged is replaced in accordance to the regulations for compliance and protection of your liability exposure.



FMCSA Extends, Amends New Entrant Safety Assurance Program 


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a notice announcing two changes to the agency's New Entrant Safety Assurance Program Operational Test.  79 Fed. Reg. 53511 (September 9, 2014). 


First, the FMCSA will update the information technology systems so that when an automatic failure violation (as listed in 49 CFR 385.321) is identified by the agency based on the records the motor carrier provides during the document submission process, the carrier will automatically fail the new entrant safety audit and be placed into the corrective action process. This is consistent with the current new entrant safety audit process for audits conducted at a motor carrier's principal place of business.


Second, the agency will extend the Operational Test through December 2014 to ensure sufficient data is available to calculate the established metrics in order to make an informed decision on any future actions.


The Operational Test procedures allow FMCSA to complete off-site new entrant safety audits, defined as safety audits not conducted at the motor carrier's principal place of business, of eligible new entrant motor carriers that can demonstrate basic safety management controls without going to the motor carrier's PPOB.  Instead, the agency reviews specific compliance documentation submitted by the motor carrier as requested by FMCSA or its State partners. The Operational Test has been in effect for new entrants since July 2013.



October is National Recovery Month - "Together on Pathways to Wellness" 


National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance's main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. 

Recovery Month, now in its 24th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.



September 19, 2014



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  Did You Know...?


You can download a sample CDL test from the state of California.



You can register with the State of Louisiana and have them send you an electronic report via e-mail when your commercial motor vehicle, with a US DOT number, undergoes a roadside inspection in the state of Louisiana. You do not need to be a Louisiana based carrier to receive the reports.





 Fire Prevention Week

 Oct. 5-11, 2014





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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