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The Commercial Driver’s License Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
This is a new requirement from the FMCSA. It is an electronic database containing drug and alcohol violations, where employers will report violations and check that no current or prospective employee is prohibited from operating a CMV due to an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation.

When Will It Go Into Effect?

1. Fall 2019: You Can Register for Access
Users can set up an account that will allow access to the Clearinghouse once it’s operational on January 6, 2020.
2. January 6, 2020: Clearinghouse Use is Mandatory with Manual Checks
Employers are required to use the Clearinghouse to report and check information about driver drug and alcohol program violations as of January and conduct manual checks with previous employers for the preceding three years
3. January 6, 2023: Clearinghouse Use Only
Employers are no longer required to conduct manual checks with previous employers and will solely use the Clearinghouse.

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Frequency of accidents: More than 200,000 collisions involving at least one passenger car and one large truck happen each year in the United States. (NTSI)

Texting and Driving: Sending or receiving a text message distracts a truck driver for an average 4.6 seconds. The average speed of a truck on the highway is around 55 mph. If a trucker was to look down at his or her phone for 4.6 seconds at 55 mph they will cover an entire football field.

Accidents involving automobiles: In the United States in more than 60% of all fatal collisions involving automobiles and large trucks, law enforcement officials report that the automobile operator rather than the truck driver contributed to the cause of the collision. (NTSI)

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Snow Patrol: Making It Through Winter Safe and Sound

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Winter is Coming: Preparing Your Fleet & Drivers

As temperatures begin to fall, fleet operators have a number of factors to think about leading into the winter months, with driver safety being among the most important. Winter weather leaves everyone more susceptible to traffic incidents, and truck drivers are often at even greater risk during these conditions. Join FreightWaves and Spireon for an informative discussion.

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In this webinar you will learn:

  • Common causes of accidents during the winter months
  • Driver education and accident prevention
  • Importance of regular maintenance
  • And more

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Can Fleets Really Change Driver Behavior? – on demand webinar

Driver safety has been increasingly in the news related to accidents and is a key concern for many companies. How can fleets prevent accidents and injury?
Behavior is the root cause of most accidents and injuries. In this informative webinar, learn how to instill the proper behavior through education, awareness, and motivation.

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Kelly Anderson, President of Impact Training Solutions, will outline how to:

  • Create a safety and behavior modification program that will truly work with drivers of all experience levels
  • Learn which well-meaning bonus programs may actually be hurting your safety record
  • Train drivers the way that adults actually learn
  • Increase drivers recruited and decrease turnover through an effective, on-going program
  • And more

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How to Build a Fleet Safety Culture. And Why.

In 2016, large trucks were involved in 475,000 total crashes that resulted in approximately 180,000 injuries and 4,564 fatalities. Although large truck crash rates are much lower than historical averages, the rate of injury and fatal crashes has risen during the 2010-to-2016 time frame One of the most effective ways for fleets to reduce crash rates is to create an enhanced positive safety culture.

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  • What is safety culture and why is it important?
  • What is management’s role in improving safety culture?
  • How can you engage and empower employees to improve safety culture?
  • What steps are necessary to successfully improve safety culture?

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What Will the Driver Shortage & Drive-Safe Act Mean?

Maintaining a good safety record has been challenging enough, but now your company faces new challenges. Companies and industries around the globe are facing the effects of the driver shortage as the typical driver hiring pool declines in numbers. The government and companies alike are seeking ways to avoid increased driver safety issues as a result.

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Join us for an informative webinar exploring the impact of these and other factors, where you’ll hear:

  • What is the DRIVE-Safe Act and what impact will it have on your business?
  • How is the driver shortage affecting safety records and what should you do about it?
  • How can you enforce performance standards necessary for safe transport of goods?
  • What impact will all of this have on current drivers–will it increase shortages?
  • And more

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“We had a driver in an ice storm flip the van and trailer, and roll into a ditch in an area with very limited cell phone coverage. Spireon helped us get a tow truck to the exact spot of the accident. In another case, one of our drivers blew out three tires going through a debris field on a highway. The information Spireon provided helped us locate a place for the tow truck to purchase our specific tires to get the driver rolling again.”
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Custom alert parameters for driver behavior helps Candace coach her team. She set up FleetLocate to send an alert whenever a driver goes over a certain speed. Now she can call offending drivers out with specific information. Once they realize she knows they’re going 72 miles per hour when they claim 60, she observes them gradually decrease their speed. “It’s effective, and it works.”
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OTHER WEBINARS

Webinar: Failure is Not an Option

Led by industry expert Preston Ingalls, this webinar shows participants how to reduce equipment breakdowns with a proven process called a P-F model. Used by NASA, the aviation industry and others to minimize breakdowns, it has produced amazing results.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/312443110123895811 (sponsored by Chevron)

Webinar: Integrating Driver Assistance Systems into Your Safety Program

Investing in advanced driver assistance systems doesn’t automatically make you a safe company. Learn how to integrate these technologies to enhance and improve your safety culture.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7385237466598845698 (sponsored by Ryder)

Safety Webinar: Load Securement- Selecting & Using Tie Downs & Binders

Review proper load securement practices, including the identification and proper use of various tie downs and binders, forces that affect the use of these products, and how to properly inspect load securement equipment. Also provides an overview of chain grades and their best applications as well as outline CVSA guidelines, Federal regulations and DOT requirements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApXQCm2r9nA (sponsored by Columbus McKinnon)

INDUSTRY ARTICLES

Increasing Safety Through Telematics – Work Truck

https://www.worktruckonline.com/339828/increasing-safety-through-telematics

Study: Major Split Between Truck Driver Urinalysis and Hair-Testing for Drugs

https://www.truckinginfo.com/340535/study-major-split-between-truck-driver-urinalysis-and-hair-testing-for-drugs

Strong Safety Culture, Technology Help High-Risk Fleets Improve Safety – HDT Trucking Info

https://www.truckinginfo.com/338479/strong-safety-culture-and-tech-helped-risky-fleets-improve-safety-performance

The Dangerous, Draining Hazard of Fatigue on the Job

https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/05/the-dangerous-draining-hazard-of-fatigue-on-the-job

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Truck Driving Tips: 10 Ways to Keep You Safe on the Road

https://www.americatruckdriving.com/truck-driving-tips-10-ways-to-keep-you-safe-on-the-road/

Tips for Truck and Bus Drivers – FMCSA

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-truck-and-bus-drivers

Safety Tips for Truck Drivers [Tips for Truck Drivers]

https://www.cdl.com/blog/safety-tips-truck-drivers-tips-truck-drivers

CMV Driving Tips – Overview

Even the most well-trained, safety-conscious commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver is at risk of engaging in driving behaviors that could lead to a crash on today’s crowded highways. These tips offer preventive measures that CMV drivers can take to help avoid crashes. Fleet safety managers can also use these Web pages for their driver training programs.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/driver-safety/cmv-driving-tips-overview 

Truckers Safety Tips

Amanda Hall, Director of Safety for ASF Intermodal, a full-service intermodal and dedicated carrier with more than 300 trucks on the road, shares her insights on some of the most important safety tips for professional drivers to observe.

https://safety.lovetoknow.com/Truckers_Safety_Tips

Safety Tips Every Professional Driver Must Know

http://cvsa.org/wp-content/uploads/Safety-Tips-for-CMV-Drivers-Brochure.pdf

The Truck Driver’s Checklist

https://www.iru.org/resources/iru-library/truck-drivers-checklist

Vehicle Safety Tip Checklist for Truck Drivers (Infographic)

http://www.logisticdynamics.com/trucking-vehicle-safety-checklist/

How to Conduct a Pre-Trip Inspection for Truckers

https://www.smart-trucking.com/pre-trip-inspection.html

Truck Driver Tips for Handling High Risk Deliveries

https://www.smart-trucking.com/high-risk-deliveries.html

Trucking Safety Facts – American Trucking Associations

http://www.trucking.org/ATA%20Docs/What%20We%20Do/ATA%20Grassroots%20Program/Safety_Facts.pdf

2018 FMCSA Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/data-and-statistics/2018-pocket-guide-large-truck-and-bus-statistics

Driver Safety Glossary

CSA

CSA stands for “Compliance, Safety, Accountability,” and is FMCSA’s safety compliance and enforcement program. A company’s safety data appears online in FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), which is updated once a month with data from roadside inspections, including driver and vehicle violations; crash reports from the last two years; and investigation results. More information

DRIVE-Safe Act

This stands for “Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act”, a proposed bill that would direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations relating to commercial motor vehicle drivers under the age of 21, and for other purposes. The DRIVE Safe Act would allow certified CDL holders already permitted to drive intrastate the opportunity to participate in a rigorous apprenticeship program designed to help them master interstate driving, while also promoting enhanced safety training for emerging members of the workforce. More information

DVIR

A DVIR, or Driver Vehicle Inspection Report, is required to be completed at the end of each day’s work by drivers for any commercial vehicle they operate.  Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports are federally-mandated logs that detail vehicle operations and safety issues noted during vehicle inspections. More information

FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation charged with regulating the trucking industry in the United States. The principal mission of the FMCSA is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

FMCSR

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety RegulationS (FMCSR) are the rules and regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); these rules and regulations apply to the motor carrier industry in a wide variety of areas designed to improve safety. More information

Hard Braking

Hard braking is when a driver applies harder than normal pressure to the brake pedal due to a need to stop quickly, either because of excessive speed or an unexpected event.  More information

HOS

HOS is short for “Hours of Service,” which refers to how many hours a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver can work. HOS regulations are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). More information

OSHA

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. More information