Safety & Compliance

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

Winter Driving Tips for PennDOT

Tips for Safe Driving This Winter Season From the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation:

Carry a winter emergency travel kit (see below).

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 cellphone.

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 before you drive and as often as needed.

Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.

Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).

If you do become stranded, it’s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.

Do not drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt.

Download the PennDOT Winter Driving Guide (PDF).
WINTER EMERGENCY KIT
PennDOT recommends packing a winter emergency kit in your vehicle any time you travel. Print out our Winter Emergency Kit List (PDF) to help you in your preparations.

Flashlight and batteries

Battery-operated radio

Jumper cables

Cellphone and charger

Snow […]

By |October 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Winter Driving Tips for PennDOT

CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week October 15-21

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Safety Push Will Target Driver Behavior During Operation Safe Driver Program
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting heightened safety enforcement along with law enforcement agencies throughout North America October 15 – 21, 2017.

Throughout the week, law enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers and others exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.

Some of the behaviors that they will be looking out for throughout Operation Safe Driver Program includes:

Speeding
Distracted driving
Texting
Failure to use seatbelt
Traveling too close
Improper lane change
Failure to obey traffic control devices

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.

Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes.

To find out about more about Operation Safe Driver Week, visit the CVSA website.

Source: CVSA

By |October 12th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week October 15-21

Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

According to recent FMCSA data, 20 out of every 100 vehicles (1 in 5) that get inspected receive an Out-of-Service (OOS) violation.
The difficulty of clearing road inspections is real. With more than 70,000 drivers and 200,000 vehicles receiving violation notices every year, it makes sense to give your drivers every chance to prepare for and pass roadside inspections.
To improve the success rate with roadside inspections you need to trace it back to where many of the problems originate from – issues with driver inspections, both pre and post-trip. Get that right and expect better results at your next roadside inspection.
Federal laws (DOT 392.7) require that no commercial motor vehicle (CMV) shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied. This implies that drivers should do a detailed visual inspection – service brakes, trailer brake connections, parking brakes, steering mechanisms, lighting devices, reflectors, horns, tires and windshield wipers – to make sure the vehicle is road-worthy and without observable defects.
The following helpful tips are bought to you by Telogis:
Tip # 1 – Educate your team
Tip # 2 – Review your fleet’s current state of play
Tip # 3 – Standardize your inspection process
Tip # 4 – Behavior-based management technology
To find out more information, view or download full pdf.

Contact a Bentley Truck Services location nearest you for all of your commercial truck service needs.
We are here to help you with parts and service for all your pre-inspection needs. We offer planned routine maintenance programs to help keep your fleet on the road!
Visit our Tech Tips for more useful information.

By |September 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

September is Child Passenger Safety Month!

Help raise awareness for Child Safetry Month

Join us to bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Learn more at: https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/GeneralPage.aspx?id=21474839132

SOURCE(S): NADA, NHTSA

By |September 13th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on September is Child Passenger Safety Month!

CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation

CVSA Commits to Phased-In ELD Enforcement Process
AUGUST 28, 2017

Source: CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15.

This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.

CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.

CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.

A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency […]

By |August 28th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation

CVSA Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day

The CVSA released the results from the unannounced brake safety enforcement event, Brake Safety Day, which took place on May 3, 2017. More than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected.

The goal of Brake Safety Day is to conduct roadside inspections and identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways in an effort to reduce the number of crashes caused by or made more severe by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles. The event also sought to evaluate how well ABS are maintained in accordance with federal regulations.

During the event, 21% of all inspections resulted in a vehicle being placed out of service for violations with 12% of all inspections resulting in a brake-related violation that put a vehicle out of service.

 

The next Brake Safety Day event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at participating jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Are you ready? Bentley Truck Services is ready to assist customers in pre-inspecting their trucks. Contact one of our Service Department locations nearest you!

 

 

 

By |July 21st, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day