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Safe Parking for Commercial Trucks

Posted May 11, 2017 by Administrator

Truckers need and deserve safe parking. Shipping and receiving facilities are sometimes in very bad neighborhoods. When there isn’t a safe place to park, drivers may be mugged, beat up or have their equipment damaged. Between 2010 and 2014, 40 big-rig drivers were killed while working, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. And homicides are only part of the problem. Truck cargo thefts occur at the rate of at least twice daily; 86% of those when commercial vehicles are parked in unsecured location such as public parking and truck trailer drop lots.

The issue of safe and adequate parking has been an issue for decades. The FMCSA has conducted studies on the issue. One study, “Commercial Driver Rest and Parking Requirements” was originally conducted in 1996 and was updated in 2014. The study found that there are 1700 miles of interstate highway that are not within 30 miles of a truck stop or rest area. Some drivers choose to ignore important Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) hours-of-service rules so they can keep driving until a legal and safe parking spot is available. The shortage of parking suitable for commercial motor vehicles puts tired drivers in a bad position.

The FHWA has established the National Coalition on Truck Parking. So far, several major trucking organizations, such as the American Trucking Association and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have joined the coalition. The coalition is looking at concerns such as why $231M in parking projects across the U.S. have been submitted, but only $34M has been allocated. Most of the $34M ($20M) has been awarded to pay for intelligent transportation systems technology that alerts drivers when parking spaces are available through in-cab messaging notification systems. Some drivers advocate for cities to change zoning laws to permit additional commercial vehicle parking accessibility. Other advocates want shippers to take more responsibility and allow truckers to park in their lots when resting or waiting.

Clearly, the truck driver parking shortage remains a stubborn issue that just won’t go away. Trucker parking shortage is costing the trucking industry time, money and productivity, not to mention the risk for drivers in terms of stress, fatigue, security for their equipment and, most importantly, their personal safety.

To learn more about the issues that concern truck drivers today, trucking coverage and risk management, contact us.

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Roadway Hazards Cause Thousands of Crashes Every Year

Posted August 17, 2016 by Administrator

Roadway hazards of all types cause motor vehicle accidents involving long-haul trucks every year. In a study released by the American Automobile Association the dangers of roadway debris was highlighted.

The study reviewed data from 2011 through 2014 and found that, during that 3 year span, road debris was responsible for causing 200,000 crashes. Road debris also accounted for 39,000 injuries and over 500 deaths during that time period.

Roadway debris includes substances, materials and objects that don’t belong on the road. Debris can come from passing vehicles, the environment and from natural disasters and weather. Wind, storms, tornadoes and hurricanes all can cause dangerous debris to be swept into the paths of vehicles on the road. Accidents have been caused by dust, dirt, sand, mud, asphalt, concrete, stones, pebbles, rocks, ice, snow, water, grease, engine oil, glass, nails, screws, auto parts, food, furniture, mattresses, garbage, luggage, animal corpses, construction supplies, leaves, twigs, seeds and more. Basically, anything that is foreign to the normal roadway surface can be a culprit.

Most crashes from road debris – about 66% of crashes – happen because an item fell off of a truck or vehicle. In one-third of the fatal accidents that can be attributed to road debris the driver swerved to avoid an object in the highway.

Sadly, most of the crashes that resulted in injury or death were avoidable. A lot of crashes are easily preventable if drivers take the necessary precautions to maintain their vehicles properly as well as secure their loads.”

All 50 states impose penalties on drivers found at fault for debris on the road. Other types of roadway hazards that can cause crashes include:

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  • Sinkholes
  • Black ice
  • Water
  • Loose gravel or stones
  • Blind spots
  • Curves
  • Lack of guardrails
  • Animal carcases
  • Winding roads
  • Manhole covers that have been improperly placed

Protect Your Trucking Operation from Cybercrime

Posted November 10, 2015 by Administrator

Cargo theft is one of the risks that are consistently evolving in the trucking industry. As commercial fleets struggle to keep up with risk management, criminals manage to find new ways to steal cargo without being caught. One of the hardest to predict methods of cargo theft is the fictitious pick-up.

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One of the reasons way this method of cargo theft is so difficult to predict and prevent is because it often involves identity theft. Criminals find out about cargo that needs shipping on the Internet and pretend to be a legitimate trucking company when they agree to transport the items for the company.

These criminals can obtain information about your company on the Internet, including your Interstate Operating Authority number. Then they place your company logo on a truck, show up at the company, load the cargo and later resell it for a profit.

Identity Theft Damages Reputation

As anyone who has his or her identity stolen can tell you, it takes years to recover your good name once it has been misused. And for businesses, this kind of blow to your reputation can cause you to lose everything. So protect your identity and company information while doing business online.

 Protect Company and Cargo

In order to protect your company and cargo remember these tips:

  • Don’t put your DOT credentials online and don’t give them out on the phone
  • Keep cargo moving, especially on Thursday and Friday when most of these thefts occur
  • Reduce the number of hand offs of cargo by using teams for your trucks
  • Food is biggest target because it is harder to trace when it is stolen
  • GPS trackers are beneficial for cargo but RFID tagging benefits criminals too

By keeping your data secure, your trucks moving and a team to make sure your vehicles are always staffed you can reduce the chances your trucking company will be the victim of cybercrime. And to learn more about transportation safety, risk reduction, and best practices, contact us

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