Safety & Compliance

Your Company’s Safety Record

Safersys (Safer System)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers the industry and public over the internet a company’s safety data through Safersys, known as the FMCSA Safety and Fitness Electronic Records  (Safer System).

You can search by USDOT number, Motor Carrier (MC) number or by company name.

Users can search FMCSA databases, register for a USDOT number, pay fines online, order company safety profiles, challenge FMCSA data using the DataQs system, access the Hazardous Material Route registry, obtain National Crash and Out of Service rates for Hazmat Permit Registration, get printable registration forms and find information about other FMCSA Information Systems.

The Company Snapshot is a free service which provides a concise record of a company’s identification, size, cargo, inspection and out-of-service summary, crash data, and safety rating (if any).

The Company Safety Profile (CSP) is a fee-based service that offers more safety-related information about an individual company’s operation, including selected items from inspection and crash reports, and results of any reviews or enforcement actions involving the requested company.

Find more information or to check a company’s score.

 

By |January 23rd, 2019|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Your Company’s Safety Record

Hino Manual Regeneration for Conventional Trucks

What is a Regen

In a commercial truck with the exhaust filter can become clogged over time. This extra soot that has built up will need to be burned (cleaned) out. In most cases if the vehicle is used for a lot of highway driving, this process will happen automatically while driving.

The buildup occurs when a truck idles a lot or is used for a lot of city driving. In this case, a warning light on the dash will light up informing the driver that it is time to perform a parked (manual) regen. Basically, you park your truck, push the manual regen button and the engine will rev up and heat up burning out the excess soot.

Hino Conventional Truck Manual (Parked) Regen

To start a manual regen on a Hino conventional truck, park your vehicle in a safe place. Put the vehicle in park and engage the parking brake. Next, press the DPR manual regeneration switch that is blinking on the dash.

The switch light will then remain illuminated during the regeneration and the engine idle speed will increase. The regen process will be complete in approximately 15 – 20 minutes and the regen indicator lights will turn off. the engine idle speed will return to normal complete.

Watch the complete video to find out more and also what can interrupt a manual regeneration.

If you need other information or have any other service questions about your Hino, Contact the Bentley Truck Services location nearest you.Contact the Bentley Truck Services location

By |December 28th, 2018|Hino Trucks, Preventative Care, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service, Videos|Comments Off on Hino Manual Regeneration for Conventional Trucks

Winter Is Approaching – Make Sure Your Truck is Prepared for Winter Driving

With winter approaching, the first step to preventing unnecessary incidents is to make sure equipment is ready for that first unexpected freeze or storm.
Check These Essential Items:
1. Radiators – make sure there are no leaks and have proper winter coolant.
2. Tires  – balding tires reduce starting traction by 30-50% – be sure to have good tread depth.

3. Wiper blades  – should be in good condition to sweep snow and sleet off the windshield. If new blades are installed, check the arm pressure to ensure effective operation.
4. Heater and defroster – make sure they are functioning correctly – when functioning at their full capacity, will keep your windshield clear and you and your passengers warm.
5. Lights  – important in winter weather to ensure that you are clearly visible to other drivers. Be sure both headlights work on upper and lower beams and are correctly adjusted. Check that stop, tail, clearance lights and directional signals work properly and are clean.
6. Brakes – make sure they are in top condition to provide uniform braking.
7. Muffler and exhaust system  – should be in good condition and tightly fitted so carbon monoxide does not seep into the interior of the vehicle where it could cause serious illness or death to the driver or occupants.
8. Battery – cold weather lowers battery power – make sure yours is in good condition, and in case it is necessary, know the proper procedure for using a booster battery.
9. Fifth Wheel Lubrication – for tractor-trailer combinations, make sure a winter grade of lubricant is used on the fifth wheel. Some heavy summer grades of lubricant at low temperatures become too heavy and interfere with steering on slippery surfaces.
10. Windows and mirrors – windows should be […]

By |October 18th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Winter Is Approaching – Make Sure Your Truck is Prepared for Winter Driving

Guide to Driver’s Vehicle Pre and Post Trip Inspections Reports (DVIR)

A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR), by law, needs to be completed by drivers of any commercial vehicle at the beginning of the workday before work begins, and also at the end of the day when driving is finished (pre-trip inspection and post-trip inspections). The law is enforced by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the report can be on paper or paperless.

Vehicle inspections are an important part of a truck driver’s daily routine and they are essential to keeping vehicles in good condition while ensuring road safety and fleet compliance. It ensures the safety of not just the driver, but also everyone else on the road.

Pre-Trip Inspection

At the start of a shift, prior to departing on a trip, a driver must check all areas of the cab and trailer looking for signs of wear or damage that could pose a safety hazard while driving. They should review the previous DVIR completed on the vehicle. If there are defects noted these must be inspected and signed off. If the defects have not been corrected they must be repaired before the vehicle can be used. It is meant to ensure that the vehicle is safe for operation and is free from defects.

Post-Trip Inspection

At the completion of the day’s work, a driver must complete a DVIR on the vehicle by performing a complete visual inspection of the truck. This inspection should be identical to the pre-trip inspection—looking for damage or wear that should be addressed to prevent posing a safety concern.

DVIRs need to be kept for a minimum of three months.

View a sample of a DVIR and watch an informative video about the inspection process.

 

 

 

 

By |September 25th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Guide to Driver’s Vehicle Pre and Post Trip Inspections Reports (DVIR)

Inspect your truck between scheduled service appointments

Everyone knows how important a company truck can be to a business. Keeping your truck on the road and minimizing downtime is critical, but taking it in to the shop for service isn’t always an option. Here’s a few things you can do on your own to make sure your commercial truck is running at peak performance between scheduled service appointments. Always make sure to wear protective clothing and eye wear and keep safety a priority.

Check your air filter: Pull out the air filter and inspect it. If you hold it up to the sun and can’t see light clearly through it, it definite;y needs to be changed. If you notice a good amount of dirt it is time to change your air filter.
Check brake fluid levels: Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap and inspect the level and the quality of your brake fluid. If it needs to be topped off, be sure to do so, Try not to over fill past the “FILL” line. Remember to replace the cap. Be sure to use the correct fluids when topping them off. (DOT 3, DOT 4, etc)
Check your battery terminals:  When inspecting your battery terminals, look for any chalky white dust or corrosion. If you choose to clean it yourself, be sure to wear gloves, protective clothing and  protective eye wear. A wire brush is often enough to do the trick. In addition, it’s a good idea to let your service technician know about it.
Check power steering fluid level: Find the power steering fluid reservoir on your truck and look for the accurate “FILL” level mark. If it’s low, add until you reach the “FILL” line and replace the cap.
Windshield washer fluid: Keep your windshield […]

By |July 31st, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Inspect your truck between scheduled service appointments

Maintenance Tips for your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck – Tech Tip Tuesday

While your commercial truck is under warranty or a special maintenance program there isn’t really to much to worry about. It’s pretty straightforward. Like a car, you schedule your next service appointment and bring your truck in. Your local dealer pretty much takes care of the rest, but what about after the maintenance plan expires.
Now you’re on your own. Business is booming and bringing the truck in for maintenance becomes cumbersome. There are deadlines to meet and deliveries to make. There are a few things you, as a truck owner can do to help keep your truck healthy and on the road running efficiently.

• First, check all of the warning and information labels that are placed on the dashboard, in the door jam and in a few other locations on your truck. These are placed on your vehicle by the manufacturer and are helpful in knowing what needs to be done.
• Second, check fluid levels. There are reservoirs with fill levels that are easily accessible and a quick check can help to make sure you don’t find yourself on the road and running out of some important fluid that helps your truck run optimally. Most important are Fuel, Oil, Water and DEF fluid.
• Third, top off any fluids that need to be filled and/or replace any dirty, contaminated fluids. Remember, the fill levels are on the reservoir. Pay attention to these and only use the recommended products/brands (these can be found on the labels mentioned earlier.

We came across an excellent video that covers all of this and more. This will help keep your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck running at peak performance and will help you reduce downtime.

For more in depth questions, feel free to […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service, Videos|Comments Off on Maintenance Tips for your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck – Tech Tip Tuesday

How to Prepare for CVSA Safe Driver Week July 15 to 21st

Will You Be Ready?
This time next month is Operation Safe Driver Week. Across the U.S, state and local law enforcement will be conducting a weeklong blitz focusing on enforcing traffic violations, dangerous driving behaviors, and conducting roadside inspections. Will you be ready?
How to Prepare

Monitor your hours of service documentation for violations.

Track the expiration of your drivers’ medical cards.

Train drivers how to respond to typical questions about their logs, trips, cargo, insurance, registration, license and their vehicle.

Pre and Post-trip inspections of the vehicle.

 

By |June 22nd, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on How to Prepare for CVSA Safe Driver Week July 15 to 21st

CVSA Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21st

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21, 2018.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.
Driving behaviors that will be targeted during the week include:

distracted driving

speeding

texting

failure to use a seat belt

following too closely

improper lane change

failure to obey traffic control devices

Last year, nearly 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to truck drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week. More than 84 percent of these violations were for state and local moving violations.
For more information, visit the CVSA.

By |June 18th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21st

Get Ready for the CVSA International Roadcheck June 5 to 7

CVSA International Roadcheck Set for June 5-7 with Focus on Hours-of-Service Compliance
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance.
The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.
Download the CVSA’s brochure on “What Inspectors Are Looking For.”
Download the CVSA’s “International Roadcheck Checklist for Drivers.”
Make sure your vehicle or fleet is compliant and road safe ready. We can help!
Our Commercial Truck Service Departments are staffed with factory-trained technicians and equipped with the tools to keep your trucks on the road. We have five convenient locations within the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and one location in Miami, Florida to better serve you. 
For more information about the roadcheck, contact the CVSA.

 

Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

 

 

 

By |May 24th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Get Ready for the CVSA International Roadcheck June 5 to 7

PennDOT Winter Driving Tips

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Winter Driving Tips
Some areas in the Northeast and Midwest are seeing record low temperatures and historic levels of snow. One major road hazard is black ice, which dramatically reduces traction and is virtually invisible.
Black ice forms when the ground temperature causes precipitation to freeze upon impact. The highest-risk areas include driveways, roadways, bridges, overpasses and ramps.

 
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offers these tips for driving in ice this season:

Before getting on the roads when it is cold and wet, drivers should check the area’s weather conditions in order to be informed.

Stay calm and let the vehicle pass over the black ice.

Lift your foot off the accelerator.

Do not hit the brakes, yet keep your steering wheel steady.

Do not overcorrect your steering if you feel your car sliding.

Be cautious. Slow down and increase your following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Other tips for safe driving this winter season:

Carry a winter emergency travel kit.

Listen to weather and travel advisories, but if you don’t have to travel in bad weather, don’t.

Keep your gas tank at least half full.

Slow down and increase following distance.

Avoid sudden stops and starts.

Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”

Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.

Carry a cell phone.

Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.

State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.

Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.

Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on PennDOT Winter Driving Tips