TRANSPORTATION SAFETY ZONE: 2014 Q3 News and Updates

October 2014 Volume 1, Number 4
In This Issue
• Fuel Trends
• License Plate Readers
• Driving while texting

In an effort to better serve all of our clients, Carrier Consultant Group can now access all four (4) of the major DOT/FMCSA Laboratories in the U.S. for our clients drug and alcohol testing needs. This means more collection sites for our clients to choose from.
For any clients that wish, we now also have the ability to make the drug test collections either at your facility or ours.
Carrier Consultant Group will begin offering alcohol testing within the next 30 days for our clients convenience as well.

ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS AND YOUR CSA SCORE

The number of roadside inspections continues to increase as the FMCSA continues to target carriers with high numbers of violations. Each time an enforcement officer enters a USDOT#, he is returned your CSA score with the suggestions of either INSPECT, PASS, or OPTIONAL depending on your current safety record. All carriers want to have PASS of course. The many factors that effect this are all able to be corrected, and most are due to your drivers DOING or NOT DOING their daily jobs. PROPER Pre and Post trip inspections have the largest effect on the inspections performed and the citations issued. Of all violations noted, the top 3 are TIRES, LIGHTS, and BRAKES out of adjustment. The first two are easily discovered if the driver does a proper inspection. The 3rd is easily accomplished with today’s self-adjusting brake systems. Do your drivers know how to adjust their self-adjusting brakes? Do your drivers do proper inspections?

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of U.S
Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. Fall is when refiners are allowed to switch to a cheaper blend of gasoline for the cooler months, and driving demand declines after summer vacations have ended. Refinery problems or hurricanes can halt the typical autumn price decline temporarily by reducing gasoline production.

U.S. DOT to research automatic license-plate readers
The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a vendor to conduct research on automatic license-plate readers. The DOT hopes the research will reveal the pros, cons and legal challenges of using the devices to check for suspended licenses or identify vehicles of interest.

Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone use
The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone. “When you look at how fast people react to an unexpected traffic event – how fast they slam on their brakes, we didn’t find a statistically significant difference between Google Glass and smartphones,” said psychological researcher Ben Sawyer at the University of Central Florida.

Equipment salesman sentenced for embezzling from Prime Inc.
Federal prosecutors say a man used his position as an APU and used truck salesman to solicit finder’s fees, deposits and holds on equipment for trucking customers while keeping nearly a million dollars in cash for himself. The funds were used to buy imported vehicles and a house, as well as to pay off gambling debts.

Tony Stewart cleared in death of Kevin Ward Jr., who had marijuana in system
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by a grand jury investigating a dirt-track incident in upstate New York in August that killed fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a county prosecutor said Wednesday.