Owner Operators - Ask Safety


I was at the Colorado Motor Carriers Association for their Safety Saturday. It just also
happened to have Dave Oseicki from the ATA and Anne Ferro, Administrator from the
FMCSA.

As discussions progressed, they both talked about the upcoming changes for the SMS
on CSA. Essentially, HazMat will be getting its own basic and load securement will be
headed to Vehicle Maintenance.

Remember that 96% of all inspections are caused by only a few things: Direct
observations if improper loading, traffic violations or (4%) truly random inspections.
Just think, how many problems are caused by drivers? I am not saying they are all
wrong, but just think if every driver used a little more finesse in taking care of loading
or highway driving; how many stops would be avoided? Additionally, if every driver
focused on his/her truck and load as if they owned it and every expense came out of their
pocket - how would it change their perspective?

Also, think of the direct future...EBOR is not if, it is when. The four top violations for
being unsafe are:

1. Speeding;
2. Seat Belt Usage;
3. Failure to yield to a traffic control device; and
4. Following too closely.

And this came straight from the Administrator! Anne Ferro stated, "Truck safety is more
important than traffic safety."

The top three HOS violations are:

1. Logs not current;
2. General form and manner; and
3. > 14 hours on duty.

Companies recruit, train and indoctrinate new employees. Once released to operations,
the driver is given a reasonable amount of control - independent from the company - to
make safety decisions multiple (hundreds of times a day) times. The driver is responsible
to complete paperwork in a timely manner, efficiently and to properly represent the
company at all times. Now, out of these seven items listed above, how many do drivers
control? Let me see, 7 out of 7...

Enough said.

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