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Donald Jerrell

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Why do good drivers quit?

When drivers leave your company it's usually not due to your competitor offering better pay, benefits, or home time - it's usually due to something much deeper than that.

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

Top 10 FAQs about the FSMA

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major update of federal food safety laws since 1938. With its implementation on April 6th, 2017 many looming compliance and regulatory questions have come to the table. We've outlined the top 10 questions about this new regulation.

FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

Today, the FMCSA will publish a notice in their Federal Register withdrawing their Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule. The FMCSA previously announced that instead of moving to a final rule, a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would be the next step in the process.

New FMCSA Investigative Techniques

The FMCSA recently announced that they are changing their process for performing compliance reviews. Specifically they referred to expanded interviews with members within the organization. Truth is - they have been doing this for a while, but recently completed all of the training and therefore made the announcement. Does this mean that compliance reviews have changed? 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

7 Trucking Trends for 2017

With roughly 3.5 million truck drivers collectively moving nearly 70% of all freight tonnage in the U.S. change is inevitable. 2017 brings a slew of trends that will shape the future of this essential industry. 

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

Pay & Respect – The Key to Retaining Drivers

Driver pay has a direct correlation with retaining your drivers and oftentimes employers believe that higher pay will keep their drivers around. With recent findings, thinking outside of the box may be your best bet for hanging tight to your most valued drivers.

On the flip side, it’s not all about the dollar bills. A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T goes a long way in terms of driver retention. How are you treating your drivers?

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

FMCSA Releases Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Final Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is establishing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of CDLs.   

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

New URS Regulations Ahead

On December 12, 2015 the Unified Registration System (URS) began its implementation process of retiring old systems and unifying the regulatory structure for the industry. The goal of this new system is to replace all of the FMCSA's current registration databases with one unified registration process that also acts as a main source of data. This system will be fully phased in by the April 14th, 2017 deadline and requires full compliance by all before then. 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Your CSA scores are good, so there is nothing to worry about, right? Think again.

The “Driver Coercion” rule has changed the focus for the FMCSA - it has caused them to move complaints from the bottom of their list to the top. While following up on these complaints they may not be finding the coercion claimed, but after going through the process they are finding issues that are causing conditional ratings and fines. It is essential that you do not let your guard down and remain focused on having the processes and procedures in place to ensure you are compliant. 

Topics: Transportation

FMCSA's New Medical Exam Form Requirements Now in Effect

Effective April 20, 2016, all Certified Medical Examiners will be required to use new medical certification forms for commercial motor vehicle drivers. If your drivers are preparing to take a DOT physical, here are a few tips to ensure compliance in this area. 

Topics: Transportation