Trucking Risk Advisor
Successful motor carriers have always made safety a priority, both to safeguard their employees and lower the costs associated with accidents. But, with the number of drivers on U.S. roadways increasing, there’s also a rising number of accidents and collisions. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that fatalities from large truck crashes have reached their highest level in 29 years.
Accidents can lead to a number of direct costs for fleets, from medical bills, property damage and vehicle repairs. However, as the demand for increased freight capacity continues to increase, employers that sacrifice safety for increased capacity may not consider these indirect costs:
The best way to make safety a priority during any commercial driving operation is to establish a comprehensive safety program. This should start with a collaborative effort between managers, fleet supervisors, drivers, mechanics and other stakeholders in order to identify safety risks across all aspects of your organization, and develop effective and proactive solutions.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released resources regarding the implementation of its Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that gives employers, the FMCSA, state driver licensing agencies and law enforcement personnel real-time access to important information about CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations. In addition, the Clearinghouse will:
As of Jan. 6, 2020, motor carriers will be required to use the Clearinghouse to check on a current employee’s status at least once per year. To learn more, click here.