Perspective, Business

Opinion: The Job of Last Resort

We often see mission statements referring to “corporate culture.” The question I always have to ask myself is, “What do they mean by that?”

May 28, 2012
Perspective, Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Opinion: Safety Compliance Enters the 21st Century

We live in an age of electronic information. Computers, the Internet, iPhones, iPads, GPS . . . all these technological wonders work to make our lives easier, reduce paperwork and give us all more time to do other things.

May 21, 2012
Perspective, Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Opinion: Why an EOBR Mandate Is a Bad Idea

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration continues to be dead set on forcing every commercial vehicle in the United States to carry an electronic onboard recorder — better known as an EOBR — despite the device’s hefty price tag and general uselessness as a safety tool.

May 14, 2012
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Using the Medical Examiners Registry

Mandated by the legislation called SAFETEA-LU and signed by President George W. Bush in 2005, the final rule for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners — to be known henceforth simply as the “National Registry” — was finally released to the public April 18 and goes into effect May 21.

May 7, 2012
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Just Who Is Qualifying Whom?

Carriers have many reasons for maintaining good scores on the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability program introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

April 30, 2012
Perspective, Business, Technology

Opinion: New Stopping Distances, New Technology

I’m proud to be a member of the North American heavy-truck supplier community. Together, we’ve made significant strides in Class 8 truck brake safety, but not since the introduction of non-asbestos brake linings more than 20 years ago has the heavy-duty industry seen technological changes to brakes as significant as those we are experiencing today.

April 23, 2012
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Outsourcing Accident Management

For years, fleets have outsourced any number of services, from routine maintenance to information technology services to recruiting and hiring. But outsourcing a fleet’s entire accident management program is an idea that is just beginning to get noticed in the trucking world.

April 16, 2012
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Make Mandating Speed Limiters a Top Priority

Each year, the Department of Transportation undertakes a number of new initiatives to further reduce or eliminate highway crashes. One measure DOT has announced it will undertake this year will have a marked effect on highway safety: mandating that speed limiters on large trucks be set at a reasonable top speed.

April 9, 2012
Perspective, Business

Opinion: Driver Choice and Rear-Impact Crashes

Why do cars run into tractor-trailers stopped on the shoulders of roads? How could anyone miss seeing a tractor-trailer? It happens all too frequently.

April 2, 2012
Perspective, Business, Logistics

Opinion: We’re All in It Together

It has become something of a cliché that what followed the economic deregulation of trucking in the early 1980s was even more regulation, albeit in different forms.

March 26, 2012