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CDL Drivers Must Now Use a Certified Medical Examiner for Medical Card

Posted in Driver Problems
DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners  National Registry Will Improve Safety for Travelers, Health of Commercial Drivers  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning today, all new USDOT physicals must be performed… Continue Reading

Truck Driver Shortage to Reach 500,000 in 2013!

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Right after I blogged on the Wall Street Journal article here, I received a copy of the industry trade magazine Transportation Topics  (Transportation Topics, 2012 Top 100 For Hire Carriers, p A3) that reported industry economist Noel Perry, at FTR Associates, stated that the trucking industry was going to be short 500,000 drivers in 2013! Today’s shortage of… Continue Reading

Truck Driving is a Dangerous Profession: Add Cancer from Diesel Fumes to the List of Risks

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I have previously posted on how manufacturers of cabs don’t seem to care if a truck driver lives or dies. Trucking companies and truck manufacturers treat drivers like disposable objects, worrying far more about the bottom line than the driver’s safety and training. The fact is trucks don’t include many of the safety features that car drivers… Continue Reading

NTSB States Trucking Companies Should Obtain Ten (10) Year Driver History

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NTSB recently stated that commercial motor vehicle companies should obtain a CDL drivers’ 10 year driver history. Currently trucking companies are only required to obtain a 3 year history, many drivers re-enter the industry with a clean record, after horrific wrecks, with only a short period of time out of the business so that prior problems "drop… Continue Reading

CELL PHONE USE BY TRUCK DRIVERS ILLEGAL

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A new rule has eliminated one of the great dangers on the roadway, the use of cell phones by truck drivers. Now I am not stating that car drivers should be allowed to use cell phones, nor am I saying that hands free phones are significantly safer. I am saying that this is a step in the right direction.  Further, since trucks… Continue Reading

DRUG USE HIDDEN AND RAMPANT IN TRUCKING INDUSTRY

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While trucking companies acknowledge that hair tests show a much higher number of drivers with drug problems than conventional drug testing, most still don’t use this modern and efficient test. C.R. England, a large national trucking company, found when it switched to hair tests for drugs that the positive rate for drivers shot up to from 2.8%… Continue Reading

OVER 10% OF TRUCKS ON ROAD WITH BAD BRAKES – INDUSTRY FAILS TO TRAIN DRIVERS

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Over 10% of all commercial motor vehicles (Tractor trailers, buses, etc…) have brakes that are so bad that government inspectors place them out of service and wont allow them to continue to drive on our roads. The CVSA (the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, an industry group)  recently released statistics, on October 15, 2010, that stated that of all… Continue Reading

UPS Driver Robert Morali Drove 5.2 Million Miles Accident Free Using the “Five Seeing Habits”

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Congratulations to Robert Morali who recently completed 5.2 Million Miles of tractor trailer driving for UPS without an accident! Was he lucky? Not according to Mr. Morali. He credits his training (which is similar to the Smith System training) by UPS on the "Five Seeing Habits" which are:  Aim High In Steering – This means look down… Continue Reading

Do Volvo Trucks have a Defect Causing Brakes to Apply Without Driver Input?

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Recently I was contacted about a Volvo tractor trailer whose brakes allegedly spontaneously applied to  the parking brakes. This is supposedly true even with positive air pressure showing on the gages. Volvo is apparently fully aware of this problem and no immediate recall has been issued. Has any driver had this sort of problem? Can anyone else substantiate this problem?… Continue Reading

DOT RECONSIDERS HOS RULE – NEW HOS RULE EXPECTED BY AUGUST 2011

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I have many post on the Hours of Service (HOS) issues for professional commercial drivers. I am pleased that the DOT has decided to reconsider the current, ill conceived, hours of service regulation. Truck drivers are generally treated like slave labor by trucking companies. In fact tractor trailers have frequently been referred to as rolling sweat… Continue Reading

APRIL 28 – WORKER’S MEMORIAL DAY

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The toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs. Nowhere is this more evident than in the trucking industry where unscrupulous companies often take advantage of drivers, forcing them to work beyond what is safe for both the… Continue Reading

See Video’s of Common Driver Errors

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The FMCSA has posted video’s of common driver errors on its web site. See: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/education/driverTips/index.htm More will be said later about each area, but for now know that the video’s show the following:  Failure to Buckle Up Too Fast for Conditions Unfamiliar Roadway Inadequate Surveillance Driver Fatigue Driver Distraction Following Too Closely Inadequate Evasive Action… Continue Reading