DOT Hours of Service: Understanding the Unique Compliance Requirements.

WHAT IS IT?
The federal Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations are designed to keep fatigued drivers off the nation’s roadways. The rules set limits on how much time commercial drivers can spend behind the wheel, mandate certain amounts of rest, and require documentation.

WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
The interstate trucking safety rules apply to anyone who operates a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) that weighs or is rated at 10,001 pounds or more or that is placarded for hazardous materials. In-state-only rules may vary somewhat from federal rules. Companies and drivers are required to know and comply with all regulations. Ongoing training for drivers, dispatchers, safety personnel, and others is critical for staying well-informed about these ever-changing rules.

WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL?
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Cargo Securement and RoadCheck 2017 – Preparing Your Drivers for Increased Enforcement

What is RoadCheck?
RoadCheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. During June 6-8, 2017, 13,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles.

Each year, International RoadCheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

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Who Needs to Comply?
All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motorcoaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a roadside inspection.

Why is Compliance So Critical?
Last year, during Roadcheck 2016, 17.8% of all the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.

RoadCheck 2016 Results:
• Total inspections — 62,796
• Vehicle out-of-service rate — 17.8%
• Driver out-of-service (OOS) rate — 4% NOTE TO REVIEWERS: OOS for drivers was 4%. OOS for drivers of Level I inspections was 3.4%
• Tire/wheel violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 18.5%
• Brake-related violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 45.7%
• Hours of Service (HOS) violations in relation to all driver OOS violations — 46.8%

That’s just a sampling of 2016’s results. Are your vehicles and drivers inspection-ready?

7 Training Resources You Should Be Sharing With Your Drivers:
Below are our top picks from industry safety expert  J.J. Keller for educating and training your drivers to help you protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.

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1. Tractor Trailer Vehicle Inspections Video Book Use this on-the-go, portable video training book to prepare drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles for conducting pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip inspections on standard CMVs. Drivers will also learn when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required, and how to accurately complete one.

 

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2. Semi Trailer Inspection Procedure Poster: A handy walk-around sequence poster with at-a-glance easy-to-understand instructions.

 

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3. 2017 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition: Prepare for roadside inspections and help improve CMV safety with this must-have CVSA handbook detailing criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle until the condition is corrected. Includes a full set of CVSA Inspection Schematics.

 

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4. Roadside Inspections: A Driver’s Guide – DVD Training:  Valuable information specifically targeted to help drivers and carriers pass roadside inspections. Helps drivers understand the following:
– Roadside inspections – who conducts them and why
– The Six Levels of Inspections
– How drivers should prepare their vehicles for inspection
– CVSA out-of-service criteria
– Results and consequences of a failed roadside inspection

 

5. The CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers: The only handbook that covers all information CMV interstate truck and bus drivers need to operate successfully under CSA. Provides fingertip access to explanations of the seven BASICs, severity tables, and tips for avoiding the most common violations. Explains how to prepare for roadside inspections, rights during inspection, what not to do, and steps to take after inspection.

 

6. Cargo Securement Handbook For Drivers – with Sliding Calculator This must-have handbook provides need-to-know securement guidelines on the proper use of blocks, ropes, chains, bars and more for flatbeds, dry vans, reefers and other widely used types of trailers to help you properly secure your cargo and maintain compliance. Also features a Cargo Securement Tiedown quick reference.

You’ll also find critical information on:
– General cargo securement requirements
– Commodity-specific securement requirements
– U.S. FMCSA cargo securement enforcement policy
– Frequently asked questions and much more!

 

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7. Cargo Securement Flatbeds DVD Training Program:
Helps drivers understand pre-trip and en route responsibilities related to cargo as well as how cargo securement and CSA are related. Covers direct and indirect tie-down methods, restraining capacity of tie-down devices, and how they affect cargo securement.
Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.


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GRAB. TRAIN. GO! INTRODUCING VIDEO TRAINING BOOKS

Compliance on the go!  Video Training Books is the newest and easiest way to train new, contract, mobile or temporary workers.

Recently introduced by JJ Keller®, the Video Training Book lets your employees learn on the go – without having to wait for internet connection or a classroom. This portable training format makes training as accessible as possible and is ideal for those who regularly hire new or temporary workers and need to ensure they are properly trained.

What is a Video Training Book?

The Video Training Book, from JJ Keller, is a portable training format with 7” video screen that goes wherever your employees need to learn – making it easier for you to ensure they are properly trained and in compliance.

The Video Training Book is an 8” x 9” hard cover “book” with a 7” LCD screen. Each book also comes with:

• Employee handbook
• Quizzes and answer key
• Training log
• Earbuds
• AC adapter

Recognized for its ability to improve workplace safety, the Video Book was named a 2016 New Product of the Year by Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) magazine.

RYDER Fleet Products now offers the following three popular driver training topics in Video Book format. Plus they qualify for FREE standard ground shipping! 

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10 Ways to Fail a Brake Inspection

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What common issues frequently result in failed brake inspections, out-of-service notices, or accumulation of CSA violation points? Does being issued a citation for a brake violation mean your vehicle is automatically placed out-of-service? Did you know that for vehicles placed Out-of-Service, nearly half are due to brake-related violations?

After reading this article, you will have a good understanding of what inspectors look for during a brake inspection as well as tips on what you, as a driver or technician, can do to help maintain a safe and compliant brake system.

Additionally, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) works to educate and remind fleets, drivers and technicians of the importance of properly installed and maintained brakes. Each year, they conduct an annual Brake Safety Week campaign. For 2016 this will be held during the week of September 11-17. Be prepared for commercial motor vehicle inspectors to be conducting brake system inspections on trucks and buses.

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Tire Pressure, Tire Tread and Overall Tire Safety – How to Prepare for Roadcheck 2016.

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ROADCHECK 2016 – SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON TIRE SAFETY
Roadcheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. Within a 3-day period, 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles. The 2016 Annual Roadcheck event will take place June 7-9, 2016.

Each year, emphasis is placed on  a specific area of compliance and this year it is Tire Safety. This includes measuring the tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, checking to make sure that no items are lodged between dual tires, and inspecting the overall condition of the tire.

Having reliable tire safety tools in your vehicle makes it easy and inexpensive to check the health of your tires when traveling or performing pre-and post-trip driver inspections.

The vehicle inspection will also include checking items such as the braking system, cargo securement, coupling devices, exhaust systems, frame, fuel system, truck and trailer lighting, steering mechanism, driveline/driveshaft, suspension, wheels and rims, and windshield wipers.

WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motor coaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a roadside inspection.

WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL:
Aside from the obvious safety reasons, violations can affect your CSA scores. CSA measures safety performance by violations, and scores can be attached to either the driver, the company, or both. In order to get and keep a good CSA score, it is necessary to sharply reduce safety violations under CSA’s Vehicle Maintenance BASIC Category.

STATISTICS FROM ROADCHECK 2015:
• Approximately 1000 vehicles were inspected every hour
• 82.5% of the vehicles passed the inspection
• 95% of the drivers passed the inspection
• The most common vehicle violation is trailer lighting. “Operating vehicle not having the required operator lamps”
• Other common vehicle violations were: Tire tread depth below 2/32, brake out of adjustment, oil or grease leak, brake hose not secured against damage, and  cargo securement.

WHAT CAN I DO TO BE PREPARED?
To help prepare for the tire safety inspections that will be emphasized during this year’s inspection blitz, be sure to have a reliable tire pressure gauge and a tire tread depth gauge on hand.  Ryder Fleet Products carries high quality pencil type air gauges, digital tire pressure gauges, dial gauges, and tools to measure tire tread depth.

Download  the Tips for Avoiding Tire Violations pdf from International Roadcheck.

For additional training resources to help ensure your vehicles and drivers are prepared to pass a comprehensive inspection, such as Roadcheck 2016, we’ve gathered some of our top educational choices from safety expert J.J. Keller that can help you protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.

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Roadside Inspections: A Driver’s Guide – DVD Training is specifically tailored for drivers and carriers to help them pass roadside inspections, and covers the following topics:
– Roadside inspections – who conducts them and why
– The Six Levels of Inspections
– How drivers should prepare for a roadside inspection
– How drivers should prepare their vehicles for a roadside inspection
– How drivers should conduct themselves during a roadside inspection
– CVSA out-of-service criteria
– Results and consequences of a failed roadside inspection

The CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers is the only handbook that covers all information CMV interstate truck and bus drivers need to operate successfully under CSA. Provides fingertip access to explanations of the seven BASICs, severity tables, and tips for avoiding the most common violations. Explains how to prepare for roadside inspections, rights during inspection, what not to do, and steps to take after inspection.

CSA Roadside Lighting Repair Kit No vehicle should be on the road without a quick and easy roadside repair kit. This kit includes what you need to get them back on the road with legal lamps as quickly as possible.

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Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.


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Keep your fleet running smoothly with easy access to the same maintenance tested and road-proven heavy-duty aftermarket truck parts that Ryder uses on its own fleet. With over 80 years of experience maintaining the most reliable fleet in America, Ryder knows more about parts than anyone else.

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