The annual safety and compliance award will be presented at the Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois on July 24-26. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Spearheading the conference this year is Automotive Fleet magazine, Work Truck magazine and Heavy Duty Truck magazine. It is open to Fleet, Risk, Safety, EHS, Sales, and HR managers, employees who have implemented innovation, provided excellent leadership and accurate accountable metrics while at the same time heightened the safety of all users of the road. Truckers, and other drivers as well, are highly encouraged to submit an application which consists of 8 questions and an area to upload additional relevant information.
Topics for the 2017 conference include the following:
- Collision avoidance technologies
- Latest trends in engineering
- Decreasing liability
- Lessening the risk-factor of various problems on the road
- Improve proper driving and increase safety measures
- Hiring practices
- Increased problems of impaired drivers
- Workplace violence mitigation
Keynote speakers for the 2017 Conference are David Cooper, Industry Engagement Manager for the Highway Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council and lastly, Nancy LIABOE, Director of the Global Commercial Environment, Health and Safety, Abbott. Educational programs will be available which will cover many areas, and will be of interest to people who use passenger cars as well as heavy-duty and commercial trucks. Real-life case studies will offer sound solutions, and simple policies and procedures that can promote better strategies and outcomes. As always a conference is a great networking gateway to meet new people in the industry, talk about problems and solutions, see new products, and recognize top personnel in the trucking industry.
Last year’s winner of the Heavy Duty Trucking Safety and Compliance Award, was Kelsey Wolfe of Southern Freight Services, based in Tennessee. Kelsey was the Director of Safety, Human Resources and Recruiting. She created and implemented safety policies for the company. She directed SFS to improve customer service for clients and brokers. SFS fleet was acknowledged by the Tennessee Trucking Association in 2015, placed 1st with fleets driving 0-3 million miles. Kelsey also initiated the Required Road Test and Certification Policy, the Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Standards and the Southern Freight Services Driver Agreement that prioritizes professionalism and attitude along with proper cell-phone policies.
Innovation and newly created ideas work to better advance many arenas in the trucking industry. The following individuals will be recognized for the 2017 TruckFleet Innovators: Kirk Altricher from Kenan Advantage Group, North Canton, Ohio; Ralph LoPriore from Gary Merlino Construction, Seattle, Washington; Randy Obermeyer from Batesville Logistics, Batesville, Indiana; and Randy Swart, COO of A.Duie Pyle, West Chester, Pennsylvania. They will be recognized at the inaugural HDTX in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 8 -10th, a private seminar and panel discussion group targeting the trucking industry.
- Due to various sizes of trucks there are specific classifications.
- Commercial truckers are required to obtain a CDL (commercial driver’s license.) They must pass a driving test, take a written test and have excellent knowledge in mechanical systems of their vehicles.
- Requirement to have a CDL to carry hazardous materials or weight load of 26,000 pounds.
- Specific hours of service to adhere to while driving. First enacted in 1938, a minimum of hours of service a trucker can operate has now evolved into the most recent code of service which was enacted in July, 2013. A truck driver can only drive a maximum of 11 hours within a 14 hour session. It requires a 30 minute break during the initial 8 hours of their vehicle run. Then they must rest for 10 hours.
- Log books are required which can be a paper book or an electronic book that keeps track of where and when the trucker stopped and what they did while stopping. They must also be turned over to the proper authorities when requested.
Gone are the days of horse-drawn wagons carrying supplies to small companies. Enter the new-age of the trucking world. Recent improvements continue to advance the fleet of truckers and the customers they serve. The increased usage of computers, the internet, technology overall, satellite communications, GPS navigation systems, electronic log books and etc., have certainly enhanced the safety and compliance avenues of the trucking industry. Check out Drive Armellini today!