On June 15-16th, the FMCSA held the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. This meeting, which was open to the public, focused on the agency’s Beyond Compliance initiative. During the two-day event, ideas were discussed around the FMCSA’s current projects and its strategic plan – including discussion of a voluntary compliance program for ELDs. In addition, time was allotted at the end of each day for the public to provide comments on any of the topics discussed during the session.
On June 2-4, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted its 28th annual International Roadcheck. This 72 hour event, which is the largest targeted enforcement event for commercial motor vehicles in the world, features over 1000 CVSA certified local, state, and Federal inspectors performing vehicle inspections all throughout North America. Each year, the CVSA focuses on a different category of violations. This year the theme is cargo securement, focusing on proper loading and securing of cargo. Inspections will consist of the North American Standard Level I inspection, which is the most thorough available. This features a 37 point assessment that focuses on both the vehicle as well as the driver.
It’s no surprise that the transportation industry has an age problem. The average age of drivers continues to increase, and the percentage of drivers in the 45-64 year old age group skews higher than the total workforce. Although it is a challenge, the industry needs to attract new, younger drivers. Of course, while we’re not saying it isn’t important to have a workforce with experience, logic and a diligent transportation management system dictate that there must be an influx of new blood to keep an industry viable.
When it comes to electronic logging devices (ELDs), owner operators often ask, “What’s in it for me?”
And fleet managers often ask, “What’s the best way to get owner operators to adopt ELDs for Hours of Service compliance?”