Published every month in Fleet Owner
, Safety 411
is a timely and informative commentary on safety and security issues by David Heller, CDS
, TCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs.
- HOS Rules Not Optional
We have all heard the myth that stop signs with white borders are optional. That one always got a laugh, but it concerned me a bit when I sat down to write this column, so I researched the tall tale on Google. This was clearly not the first time that this particular subject was searched for on the Internet. Seriously, are folks that gullible, or are they just looking for a way around a particular rule? I have read the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations cover to cover and could not find a sentence proclaiming that the rules governing the operation of a commercial motor vehicle are optional.
- 2017 Issues Yield to New Ones
I can’t believe 2017 flew by so quickly. We are so early into the new year that we still haven’t gotten used to writing 2018 instead of 2017. And the new year will inevitably start off the same way the old year ended—extremely busy. In this new era of regulatory retraction, we continually find ourselves addressing issues that are bestowed upon us at a pace that can only be described as hare-quick rather than tortoise-slow.
- Drivers Still Needed
If your family is anything like mine, then holiday gifts for the kids will include lots of electronic devices like tablets, phones, and laptops. And these products are no longer for adults only—young children are using this technology every day as we continue to progress into a more technologically savvy society.
- Speaking Up for the Industry
My tenure in the trucking industry has been lengthy, to say the least. I just completed my twelfth year at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). Yay me! That being said, in addition to my time spent at another trucking association, I have been in the industry somewhere just shy of 20 years.
- Traction in Crash Accountability
Researching the annuls of past columns proves that my gut instinct was right on point: Last August I wrote a column on the very issue that you will be reading about today, i.e., CSA and its incorporation of crash accountability into its BASICs scores.
- ELDs’ Time Has Come...Already
Those of you who know David Heller can attest to the fact that he possesses a somewhat sarcastic sense of humor, which tends to accompany a true appreciation for Saturday Night Live and its performers. This is a stretch, even for him, in trying to relate SNL to the trucking industry, but recent issues surrounding our rule regarding electronic logging devices (ELDs) and the implementation process are invoking images and memories of the skit “Really!?! With Seth and Amy.”
- Let’s Focus on Positives, Too
As TCA’s David Heller prepared for this year’s Safety
& Security Division Meeting, he discovered Compliance, Safety and
Accountability (CSA) has faded into the background. Read in this month’s edition of
Safety 411 what he thinks should be the next logical step for the agency to
- Another Detention Study
The trucking industry is
bombarded with reports. TCA’s David Heller asks in this month’s Safety 411
article, isn’t it time for action?
- Hair Today, Safer Tomorrow
It just occurred to me as I begin writing this month’s column that I have never really addressed the issue of hair testing for drugs in our fleets across the country. Sure, carriers are traveling down the road of alternative compliance and I have even written about that, but nothing relating specifically to hair testing.
- Time Stands Still
I was thinking of how much fun it would be to regale you with new and exciting mandates and regulations that would have a positive impact on the trucking industry and your daily operations in the new year.