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
This is what it will cost you to "buy"
seconds to fasten your seat belt.
minutes for a thorough Pre-trip inspection.
seconds to make sure your mirrors are properly adjusted.
until you are at a safe place to talk on the phone and let the
call go to voice mail.
hours to get proper rest.
seconds to clean the trash from your vehicle at the end of
your trip or route.
your mind on your driving.
fraction of a second to flip on your turn signal.
minutes to walk around your entire vehicle while fueling or
stopped to make sure it is in safe order.
on time and allow extra time for adverse weather conditions.
down in poor weather conditions such as fog, rain, snow or
your following distance.
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
FMCSA Extends, Amends New Entrant Safety Assurance
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).
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.
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
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.
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Did You Know...?
You can download a sample CDL test from the state of
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.
Oct. 5-11, 2014
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.