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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 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.

  • ELD Dawning Day Approaches

    I don't consider myself to be a movie aficionado. But I can say that when a recent conversation I had about electronic logging devices (ELDs) referred to December 18, 2017, as the day in which Skynet takes over, I had to chuckle.

  • 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?

  • Exempt me, please
    IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR. We all dread it, but it is one of the few things in life that is guaranteed—and that is death and taxes. There was a time when it seemed exemptions existed for tax purposes. In our industry, though, they seem to run rampant when it comes to being exempted from certain regulations that relate to driving or even more specifically, hours of service (HOS).

  • 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.