Self Certification Of Violations

Part 383 of the FMCSR’s require drivers with CDL’s to notify their employers of any motor vehicle violations or license suspensions.  This includes tickets in your personal vehicles as well as a company vehicle. Freerksen Trucking requires this notification to be within 24 hours of the violation. 

Speed Governors

As you know the insurance companies have a lot of pull when it comes to who can drive for Freerksen to the speed of the trucks.  As expected, the insurance company would like the truck’s top speed reduced to 68 MPH. This is because of the speeding violations over the last 18 months.  So for us to avoid this requirement it is important that the speeding violations and warning stop. If we don’t have a speed problem, we can argue against the need to reduce the top speed of the trucks.

Permit Books

If your permit book in the truck is in bad condition or a complete mess please bring it in so that I can make a new one for you.  Having a permit book that is neat and orderly will help if you are ever inspected and ensure you have the required permits or forms.  

Increased Inspections

Be prepared for increased inspections. When our score is above the threshold, the DOT inspects all of our trucks at a higher rate. There really isn’t a good reason for this score to be this high other than us not being professional and safe drivers. All of these tickets and warnings were preventable.

FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Starting January 6th 2020 the FMCSA is requiring all Employers to run all applicants through the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Database and submit any positive tests to the database. As a driver, this is going to require a couple of things from you. One, every time you take a drug test you will be required to have your commercial driver’s license number on the paperwork and you will need to give consent to any prospective

ELD Transitional Training

With the required ELD Transition deadline approaching it is important that you complete the required training. This transition is going to change a couple of things, one being the ability to change driving statuses and two, the software is going to be updated on your unit making the menus and options different. Please go to our website and under the Driver Portal you will have the ability to complete the online training for this transition. The deadline to have all the units modified to ELD’s is Dec 2019 so the sooner you complete the training the better. The training is offered in a presentation or in a video format.

Understanding Slips And Falls From Flatbed Trailers

The act of climbing on and off flatbed trailers can lead to severe injury. Some flatbed trailers are not equipped with the necessary tools to allow for safe loading and unloading. Jumping from a trailer increases the chances of slips and falls, and the impact alone can cause joint issues over time. The following are a few causes for concern and some safety measures you can put in place to ensure the safety of your truck drivers.

Why slips and falls are dangerous

Injuries related to slips and falls from flatbed trailers are a major concern in the transportation industry. Drivers of flatbed trucks are often required to climb onto a load without adequate fall prevention measures in place. These drivers are susceptible to increased chances of injury due to weather such as wind, rain, and snow.

Injuries can permanently alter the lives of your truck drivers, and cost a fortune due to expensive medical bills. A study analyzing injuries recorded in the database for the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board found some surprising numbers related to falls from flatbed trucks. The study looked at injuries reported in 1997, 352 of which were related to a fall from a truck, trailer, or cargo load. The costs associated with these claims equaled to more than 5 million dollars.

Preventing slips and falls from flatbed trailers

There are several steps a company and truck drivers can take to prevent slips and falls from flatbed trailers. Drivers should only load and unload trailers at docks that are the same height as the trailer, if at all possible. Drivers should not jump from the trailer, but climb down using the three-point contact method.