Safety & Compliance

The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

Are You Ready?

It’s almost here! The 30th Annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck 2017 is less than a month away. The 72-hour roadside inspection and law enforcement blitz will be held June 4-6. Are your drivers ready?

The goal of the three-day blitz is safety. Roadside CVSA truck inspections play a big role in reducing truck-related deaths. Since 1998, the CVSA estimates it has performed more than 1 million truck inspections. These inspections have saved more than 200 lives and prevented more than 4,000 injuries.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Download the CVSA’s Cargo Securement Tips Flyer

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle safety.

Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

Read more about the CVSA International Roadcheck

By |May 10th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on The CVSA Annual Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Is Less Than a Month Away!

What You Need To Know About The ELD Rule

Information on the ELD Mandate
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published final ruling requiring commercial motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce to start using ELDs (electronic logging devices) when operated by drivers who are required to keep records of duty status (RODS).
The ELD Rule:

Requires ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS).
Sets ELD performance and design standards, and requires ELDs to be certified and registered with FMCSA.
Establishes what supporting documents drivers and carriers are required to keep.
Prohibits harassment of drivers based on ELD data or connected technology (such as fleet management system). The rule also provides recourse for drivers who believe they have been harassed.

Who Is Exempt from the ELD Rule:
Drivers who use the timecard exception are not required to keep records of duty status (RODS) or use ELDs.  Additionally, the following drivers are not required to use ELDs; however, they are still bound by the RODS requirements in 49 CFR 395 and must prepare logs on paper, using an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD), or with a logging software program when required:

Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.
Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, where the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered.
Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.

ELD manufacturers are required to self-certify that their devices comply with the ELD rule and register the devices with FMCSA. A list of self-certified and registered ELDs can be found at https://3pdp.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/ELDList.aspx. You can also download the ELD Checklist.

Motor carriers subject to the ELD rule are required to operate registered ELDs by the compliance date of Dec. 18, 2017. Motor carriers that operate with […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on What You Need To Know About The ELD Rule

The Most Dangerous Highways in America

Geotab Ranks the Most Dangerous and Safest Highways

Tthe telematics provider Geotab has ranked the nation’s most dangerous, as well as safest, highways in the country based on federal highway data analyzed by the company over the past 10 years.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

By comparison, four of the nation’s five safest freeways with the lowest fatal crash rate run through New England, including three sections of Interstate 95. The 43-mile Rhode Island section of I-95 has 39 crashes and 40 fatalities, giving it the lowest crash rate of 0.1.

View the full report

By |April 21st, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on The Most Dangerous Highways in America

Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on Its FE and FG Trucks

For model year 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will offer optional Mobileye collision-avoidance systems on its FE and FG Series trucks.

For a limited time, MItsubishi Fuso will install the Mobileye system free of charge on all 2017 FE and FG Series trucks, normally a $1,000 option, the OEM said.

“We recognize that driver efficiency and safety have direct impact on the bottom line for all of our Fuso customers,” said Otto Schmid, MFTA director of product management. “The Mobileye Collision Avoidance System has proved itself in our testing to reduce the number of incidents that trigger warnings for tailgating, lane departure, urban collision, and rural or highway collision by an average of 50%.”

The study conducted by MFTA also showed that where drivers received specific training in system safety detection and operation, reductions were significantly higher. The Mobileye system is aimed at improving safe operation of the truck, particularly in densely populated urban areas where most Fuso trucks are in use.

The Mobileye system’s forward-looking sensors can detect and warn of an imminent rear-end collision at any vehicle speed, with up to 2.7 seconds of advance notice. The Mobileye system identifies pedestrians and cyclists during daylight hours and alerts drivers in the event of a possible collision.

The headway monitor assists the driver in maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle in front, displaying the amount of time, in seconds, to the vehicle in front when that time drops below 2.5 seconds. A green vehicle icon signifies safe headway, a red icon signifies unsafe and the system provides an alert if the time becomes dangerously short.

The lane departure warning alerts the driver when the vehicle departs from the driving lane without turn signals, by displaying a right- […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Mobileye Safety System on Its FE and FG Trucks

Camber and Caster Alignment – Tech Tip Tuesday

Helpful information on Camber and Caster Alignment Information for Technicians

Camber or Caster or a combination of the two seem to be one of the most popular settings for alignment technicians. To be clear, Camber is the inward or outward tilt of the tires relative to vertical and Caster is the forward or rear ward tilt of the king pin relative to the same. Camber is built into the axle and caster is accomplished by elevating the mounts for the front or rear of the leaf springs combined with tapered wedges between the springs and the axle. Since the axle is built with little or no difference in caster from one side to the other (no more than .5 degrees) and is intended to remain that way, use of wedges on one spring stack and not the other, or wedges place in opposition to one another is not a recommended practice. Many alignment techs use Caster and Camber to try and control the tendency of the vehicle to pull in one direction or the other. In fact all manufacturers of axles used in North America that I am aware of: “Expressly prohibits bending of axle beams (hot or cold) to change camber or for any other purpose.” This quote is from the Dana Service Manual and similar statements can be found in all other axle manufacturer’s manuals. This is one of the reasons that I do not spend time on these settings. The other reason is that the steer axle is not the dominate axle under the vehicle.

Consider this: In the US, a standard highway tractor will have one steer axle and two drive axles. The steer axle will carry a normal load of about 12,000 […]

By |November 8th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Camber and Caster Alignment – Tech Tip Tuesday

CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

Brake adjustment and brake system violations together represent 45.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations this year, reported the CVSA.

In the 62,796 total inspections that were performed during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will took place from June 7 to 9th, 42,236 were Level I inspections which is the most comprehensive vehicle inspection level. 21 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers were placed out of service because of critical item violations.

Brake adjustment and brake system violations combined represented 45.7 percent of the out-of -service vehicle violations.

The top driver violations were due to hours of service and false logs, representing 46.8 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively, of all out-of-service driver violations found. That is a total of approximately 908 drivers out o the 1,436 total drivers that were placed out-of-service.

The CVSA’s Roadcheck is a 3-day/72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections. During the annual event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The focus for 2016 International Roadcheck was tire safety. This year, tire/wheel violations accounted for 18.5 percent of the total percentage of out-of-service violations. In the U.S., tire violations represented 13.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations. Checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections; however, this year, CVSA chose to highlight tire safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers of the importance of proper tire use and maintenance. As part of the inspection process, inspectors measured tire tread depth, checked the tire pressure, checked to ensure no solid objects were lodged between […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

All You Need To Know About USDOT Numbers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Some may find themselves asking the question, “What is a USDOT number and do I need one?”
To answer the first part of the question, we can break down what a USDOT number is and what it is used for. The USDOT number is required for companies who operate commercial vehicles that are either transferring cargo, hazardous materials or a certain amount of passengers. The USDOT number acts as an identifier between vehicles on the road. This number is very useful when monitoring  and checking a company’s safety information, which would include compliance reviews, crash investigations and inspections that have been performed on the vehicle.

Now you may be wondering if your vehicle needs a USDOT number. The requirements for a USDOT number are mandatory if…

Your vehicle is used to transport hazardous materials that require a safety permit in intrastate commerce
Your vehicle has a gross weight rating of 10,001 pounds or over
Your vehicle is used to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation or more than 15 passengers with no compensation

Also, if your vehicle is involved with Interstate commerce, a USDOT is mandatory. This would include:

Vehicles traveling between a location within a state and outside of the state
Vehicles traveling between two locations in a state through another state
Vehicles traveling between two locations in a state as part of a trade, traffic or transportation starting and ending outside the state

Aside from federal regulations, some states do require their intrastate commercial motor vehicles to acquire a USDOT number which does include Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

If you have learned that you do in fact need a USDOT number there are two ways to apply for one: either apply online (www.fmcsa.dot.gov) or fill out a […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on All You Need To Know About USDOT Numbers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Daily

Check tires, lights and turn signal/hazard flashers for your tractor and trailer at the start of every trip.

Routine Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance inspections may be based on time or mileage. Check the vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. Pay special attention to items such as:

Brakes
Steering
Tires
Mirrors and any features allowing the driver to see clearly (such as CCTV cameras)
Windshield washers and wipers
Steps, walkboards or ladders
Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses, outriggers,liftgates, hoists or other material handling features
Headboard racks and load attachment points (hooks and winches)

Contact the location nearest to you for all of your commercial truck service needs.

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By |September 27th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Preventative Care, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Annual Brake Safety Week

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week
Bentley Truck Services is ready to assist customers in pre-inspecting their trucks

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week takes place through September 11 – 17, 2016. Throughout this week, inspectors will be keying in on brake safety. Law enforcement agencies will conduct inspections on commercial vehicles to look for out-of-adjustment brakes, brake systems, and anti-lock braking systems. Within specifications, CVSA stated that inspectors will be on the lookout for “loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake system components.”

Additionally, inspectors will also be checking for ABS malfunction indicator lights, assuring that they are properly working. Any commercial trucks that fail to meet their standard will result in the vehicle being placed out-of-service. According to CVSA, most inspections will be full Level 1 inspections, and 10 jurisdictions will be using performance-based brake testing to measure braking efficiency.

Furthermore, “CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce breaking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, posing serious risks to drivers and public safety.”

By |September 2nd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Truck Service|Comments Off on Annual Brake Safety Week

Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice

Back to School Safety
 

It’s back-to-school season again, so here are some timely tips from the National Safety Council that you can share with fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are four to seven years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

Here are some precautions drivers can take to help keep children safe:

Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you. This could put them in the path of moving traffic.
In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas.
Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Never pass a bus from behind — or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road — if […]

By |August 31st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Safety Tip: Back-to-School Driving Advice