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Safety First For Truck Drivers

Safety First For Truck Drivers

The trucking industry, like all the others, is not independent of the effects of change. Some of the practices remain same over the years, but some change every year. Before 2016 starts, trucking companies and analysts, as well as researchers, are predicting a number of modifications, which will occur over the course over next year. The driver shortage is predicted to remain the same; however, other notable alterations will be felt by all trucking enterprises, in the safety department.

Before the New Year starts, many companies are revising their safety measures and repairing and updating their vehicles, according to the manifestos released by the Safety Corporation in America. The foremost security precaution is to maintain safety machinery and equipment, and hiring experienced and safety-conscious drivers. This will not only ensure the protection of the driver but also be cost efficient. Many huge trucking companies are also aware of this.

The efficient enforcement of the government’s safety regulations has also compelled the fleets to improve their safety standards. It is an un-disputable fact, that in 2015, many notable truck crashes have decreased the public support, which has caused the Senate to feel obliged to reject the proposal to allow 33 foot trailers on national highways. The biggest enforcer of safety regulations, FMCSA, keeps a close eye on the trucking fleets and forces them to follow the FMCSA Compliance, Safety, Accountability Enforcement practices.

Even though the American Trucking Association has often expressed their displeasure over the FMCSA’s program, it is still in practice and will remain so. ATA opposes the program, due to its inability to administer the program effectively, and have asked the administration several times to remove the CSA scores from public view. They are questioning the data collection and evaluative techniques currently used by the administration. They emphasize that the relationship between the safety scores and the original programs is questionable and concerning.

According an official at ATRI, “Research has documented that CSA’s safety measures, the seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories under which carriers and drivers are scored, are not a good predictor of carrier crash risk. Additionally, there are disparities in how states collect and report safety performance data, and shippers are potentially misusing the data in the selection of carriers to haul freight. There is also a concern with the use of CSA scores as part of a Safety Fitness Determination proposed rulemaking.”

Another safety measure that is subjected to change next year, in addition to the CSA Compliance Regulations, is the Drug and Alcohol Clearing House Rule. It is widely supported by the trucking sector and was supposed to be launched in early January. However, due to the political and administrative backlog, the program has been pushed to March, 2016. Other regulations that will transform the security measures next year are the entry-level driving training standards and the minimum insurance levels for the fleet carriers.

Moreover, according to Federal Safety Regulations, all Class 7-8 Trucks will be required to be equipped with the ESC (electronic stability control) systems. But this regulation is predicted to be enforced in 2017, and the safety administration will focus more towards the collision mitigation systems and the fleet industry’s initiative to adopt this precaution voluntarily. – See more at:

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