Trianing – HOS – Two Day Trips – 10 Consecutive Hours Off-Duty

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Make sure your drivers are trained to keep their Hours of Service logs up to-date and understand how to stay in compliance with 10 off duty – not more than 11 hrs driving – not more than 14 hrs on duty..

If the HOS Log is being kept up to-date, the driver will recognize the 10 consecutive hour off-duty problem ahead of time and contact the company for alternate plans to stay in compliance and an alert, safe driver.

Remember: Fatigue is the killer, not the the HOS regulations.

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Gaps Eat Ankles and Legs

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LetYummyYummyGapTruckEveryone is late and you are already late for the next thing you had to do 30 minutes ago.  You’ve backed up to the dock and danged if you have time to mess with the ramp.  So you maneuver  and have the forklift guy snatch the pallet as you’ve done a 1000 times before . . . UNTIL . . . you slip and step into the gap.  NOW YOUR ARE REALLY GOING TO BE LATE.

The fall protection standard, at 29 CFR §1926.500(b), defines a hole as “a gap or void 2 inches…or more in its least dimension, in a floor, roof, or other walking/working surface.” The standard has two requirements with respect to holes. §1926.501(b)(4)(ii) requires that employees be protected from tripping or stepping into holes by placing covers over them. This provision does not specify a minimum depth for the requirement to apply. [click here]


What would you do to prevent this?  Policy?  Training? Go fill out some forms?  Have a meeting?  Take care to the guy and keep the product moving, the rest will take care of itself?

Chain Cigar Smoking and Monthly Fleet Summaries

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1. F2 appears to be under-utilized and F3 is taking the larger burden of ware and tare.  Consider intentionally distributing more deliveries to F2.

2. F2 and F3 are being driven at speeds in access of 80 mph.  Consider allowing our dealer to program an upper limit for speed in the low 70’s.

  • Driven at speeds in access of 80 mph would in these vehicles assures little to no control with emergency breaking or steering. *

3. T8 and T9 are idling 3 to 4 times more than the other delivery vehicles.  Consider:

  • costs to driver and company due to increased exposure to theft/robbery. A sitting target in an out of the way place is an easy hit.


  • cost of increased frequency of repairs to truck’s engine and regeneration system (decreasing it’s  designed productive life and increasing the likely hood of increased down time for repairs later and replacement rentals).

If prolonged idling is an essential aspect of delivery services, I recommend distributing them across the fleet, if possible. dlb


Long idle times for our delivery trucks is equivalent to chain  cigar smoking for humans.  dlb

Caller Angry about Your Driver? Carpe Diem

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Try printing out this form.  If you use this form, it will collect in an online spreadsheet.  Put your email next to your name in the form and it will be sent to you.   It may be useful. When that angry person is making that call, 9 times out of 10 they are driving near your truck, distracted because they on on their cell phone concentrating on telling you what they just experienced.  Get a grip on safety.  Make a win win out of the call by making the experience, short, guided and polite.  Leave some information in the comment section.  I’m interested in your experiences with angry driver call-ins.


Click Here to notify me that you want your report.

Click Here for the kind of Form you would use to share this with your driver.


      Driver Safety Incident Call-In Form


Description of Information Received:

Who, What , Where, When

Map giving proof of incident and driver involved.


Map picture

A PrntScr of your  online map showing the location works pasted (ctrl-V) does well here.

Fault Statement :

This is not a statement of fault.  It is a document to inform you of how people felt about their safety when they are on the road with True World Foods Miami Truck, while you were driving.


We are creating this document to let you be aware of this incident.  If there is any way to improve the safety of your driving we are confident you will do so.

Previous Incidents:

12/19/12 Road rage incident as result of maneuvering (lane changes) in heavy traffic

2/21/13 Reckless lane change accusation

Corrective Action Criteria:

In our effort to be a responsible company, we require our drivers, who receive such call-ins,  to attend a 20 min refresher session for Driver Road Safety.  Arrangements will be made together with your supervisor to set the time and date for this refresher course.


Driver Name                                                         Date


Available for Refresher Safety Course Date and Time, if applicable.


Supervisor                                                           Date


DOT– Cell Use and the Delivery Driver Q & A

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If you pick up product which originates from other states, then you are an interstate carrier and are required to apply for and use DOT identifications on all of your delivery vehicles.  As of  Jan. 3rd, 2012


Q: Are wired or wireless earpieces allowed?


A: Yes. Hands-free use of a mobile telephone is allowed using either a wired or wireless earpiece, or the speakerphone function of the mobile telephone. Wireless connection of the mobile telephone to the vehicle for hands-free operation of the telephone, which would allow the use of single-button controls on the steering wheel or dashboard, would also be allowed.



Q: Are commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers allowed to use push-to-talk mobile communications equipment while driving?


A: Yes, provided the driver does not reach for, dial, or hold the actual mobile telephone in his/her hand while driving and the driver is able to touch the button needed to operate the push-to-talk feature from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. Generally, the use of this type of communications equipment does not require drivers to take their eyes off of the forward roadway because the button used to enable the driver to communicate can be operated from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. For example, if the mobile phone is mounted in a cradle or similar device near the driver, or there is a remote push-to-talk button near the vehicle controls to allow the driver to communicate without reaching for, dialing, or holding the actual mobile telephone in his/her hands while driving, the equipment may be used.



Q: What is required of the employer in terms of company policy or training?


A: The rule does not require motor carriers to establish written policies in terms of company policy or training programs for their drivers. However, employers are prohibited from allowing or requiring their drivers to use hand-held mobile phones. A motor carrier may establish policies or practices that make it clear that the employer does not require or allow hand-held mobile telephone use while driving a CMV in interstate commerce. The carrier is responsible for its drivers’ conduct.



Q: Is dialing a phone number allowed under this rule?


A: No. Dialing a mobile telephone while operating a CMV in interstate commerce is prohibited by the rule. A driver can initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button on a mobile telephone, earpiece, steering wheel, or instrument panel – comparable to using vehicle controls or instrument panel functions, such as the radio or climate control system.



Q: Can a driver reach for a mobile telephone even if he/she intends to use the hands-free function?


A: No. In order to comply with this rule, a driver must have his or her mobile telephone located where the driver is able to initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button while the driver is in the seated driving position and properly restrained by a seat belt. If the mobile telephone is not close to the driver and operable while the driver is restrained by properly installed and adjusted seat belts, then the driver is considered to be reaching for the mobile phone, which is prohibited by the rule.

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Update Time for your VMT on the MCS-150

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Did You Know…As a motor carrier, recent Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are required and must be up to date to properly assess your level of exposure in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) in FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS).

If your VMT data in FMCSA’s database is from 2010 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January SMS snapshot is posted at the beginning of February. Instead, the level of exposure will default to average PUs over the previous 18 months which can impact your percentiles in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator BASICs. View the SMS Methodology for addition details on BASIC percentile calculations.

Update your MCS-150 now with 2011 VMT/PU information or shortly after January 1, 2013 with your 2012 data to ensure that FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles. Visit to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option – “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”

PLEASE NOTE: The SMS website is updated monthly, so your MCS-150 changes will not be reflected on that site until the next monthly update. You can find the schedule of SMS updates at MCS-150 updates show up faster on SAFER and the FMCSA Portal websites.


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No Cell Phones for CDL Drivers?


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FMCSA is providing for the public to comment on this rulemaking until Feb. 22nd, 2012. The proposal and information about how to submit comments is here. 

Government regulators have announced a new rule prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

To be issued jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the rule is the latest action by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to put an end to distracted driving.

“I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laser-focused on safety at all times while behind the wheel,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the new restriction will face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations.

Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000. Approximately four million commercial drivers would be affected by this final rule.


The rule will take effect 30 days after it gets published in the Federal Register. Distracted! Driving - DVD TrainingJ. J. Keller’s Distracted! Driving – DVD Training is designed to change distracted driving habits and help professional drivers deal with the dangerous habits of others.

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