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Safety 411

Photo:  Dave HellerPublished 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.
  • 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.”

  • Drivers Can Rest Easy ... Finally

    In everyone's life, at some point in time, we encounter an “I told you so” moment—a true reflection of dancing in the end zone, a rubbing it in of sorts, even bragging rights if you want to call it that. At this point in time, however, with the recent announcement that the FMCSA is moving forward with a study to determine whether or not sleeper berth flexibility is a necessity, our moment has finally come.  

  • Chime in to Pilot Program

    Deadlines make life interesting. Just ask the editor of Fleet Owner, who religiously informs me of my monthly cutoff date to get this column in. Quite obviously, I always want to write about something suitable, important to the industry, and at times, relate the position of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) on the issue if it proves to be a pertinent point.

  • 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 take.

  • 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.