Ask the Safety Rep: Does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) allow a motor carrier to purge certain documents from the driver's qualification file?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations (FMCSR) require a motor carrier to maintain a driver qualification file for each driver it employs. Part 391.51 specifies which documents must be contained in this file. However, paragraph (d) of the regulation allows a motor carrier to purge specific[...]
Lane change crashes pose a clear and present danger to motor carriers. The trucking industry has made commendable efforts to educate the public about avoiding blind spots around large trucks, but because of federal requirements mandating only two rear-vision mirrors on every tractor, it stands[...]
FMCSA released the new CVSA inspection bulletin pertaining to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs). The rules beginning December 18, 2017, are outlined below.
One of the most frustrating cargo claims for any motor carrier is the rejection of an entire shipment of product because the trailer arrived without the seal or with a broken seal. Most of the time, the cargo itself is in pristine condition—still in its packaging, shrink-wrapped, and palletized.[...]
On-time reporting of physical damage claims allows Great West Casualty Company to begin the investigative process while all of the details are still fresh in the minds of those involved. Prompt claim reporting is important for several reasons, including downtime and claim severity. If the[...]
Run under crashes usually result in serious injury or even death; but they are among the easiest crash types to prevent. As the name suggests, a run under crash occurs when a vehicle drives under or into your unit. One of the more dangerous maneuvers that can lead to a run-under crash is backing[...]
On Monday, August 21, virtually everyone in North America will be able to experience a solar eclipse as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. Excitement for this event has been building for months, as the last time most Americans experienced a full solar eclipse was 1979.
The mandate for installing and using electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial vehicles became a reality on December 16, 2015. Unless your company is currently using automated on-board recording devices (AOBRD), it is important to begin or finalize the process soon. This is meant to be a[...]
Back in 1934, George Gershwin sang about “summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That is what summer is meant to be. Warm weather, enjoying the outdoors, and hitting the open road for a well-deserved summer vacation are what we live for, but there is nothing easy about the roads today, especially[...]