A Global And Corporate Look At Trucking Safety

It’s no secret, a slew of new trucking safety regulations is set to hit the roads, from electronic logging devices to hair testing, to speed limiters and other options and features regulators say are designed to save lives and prevent accidents on the roads.

Many of these regulations were supported by the Trucking Alliance in a recent letter sent to the Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. According to its website, this alliance represents a selection of freight transportation carriers.

The alliance is calling for industry-wide adoption of five specific safety regulations recently put forth by the FMCSA.

They include:

  • E-Logs – Come December, E-logs will be a requirement in all interstate commercial trucks. Say goodbye to paper logs.
  • Hair Testing – The FMCSA is currently evaluating a rulemaking that would allow hair testing in place of urine testing for commercial drug testing purposes when hiring or evaluating an employee.
  • Speed Limiters – This one has been a contumacious one, but this Trucking Alliance supports a maximum speed for commercial motor vehicles of 65 mph. This goes hand-in-hand with a proposed rule already put forth by the FMCSA.
  • Screening – Where the Trucking Alliance is in alignment with most other trucking industry groups is in the belief that a $10 fee per pre-employment screening could present a problem for many motor carriers. They believe this should be renegotiated by the FMCSA.
  • Insurance Requirements – Did you know that the minimum insurance requirement for a motor carrier was set at $750,000… in 1980? That’s right, it hasn’t been raised since, and the Trucking Alliance thinks it should be.

But does the Trucking Alliance take the same stand as other trucking industry groups? Not necessarily. And an even more interesting question is: What are trucking safety groups in other countries proposing to their own governments and regulatory agencies.

To the Southern Hemisphere

Ironically names like the large trucking association here in America, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has teamed up with Cummins to initiate a competition designed to find new ideas to improve safety and business operations.

To enter the contest, trucking operators or individual employees must tell the group – in 100 words or less – what they think could be done to improve safety and business viability within the trucking industry.

Keep in mind, this is a countrywide competition. The three best entries will receive a trip to the Trucking Australia 2017 convention to talk more about their ideas. The price will also include a full delegate registration, three nights’ accommodations and return economy air fare from any Australian capital city.

Trucking as a Corporate and Media Endeavor

What is particularly fascinating about both stories is that, although they are quite different, there is a global push underway to not only improve trucking profitability and viability in this new age of technology and a reshaped supply chain, but to – most of all – increase trucking safety measures.

Even corporate players are getting in on the game, with telematics and software provider Omnitracs sponsoring a safety and compliance award designed to recognize industry leaders in safety and design.

The award will be handed out at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference, which is set to take place from July 24 – 26 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill. The three-day safety event is put on by several different trucking publications and is designed to bring awareness to trucking safety issues.

For more information regarding this event, follow this link, and always remember, safety in trucking does not exist in a bubble, it is something that all industry players, from fleets to software providers to engine manufacturers all have an equal say in.