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Roadcheck 2019: Simple tips for improving your fleet’s safety – Fleet Owner

Inspecting vehicles both before and after trips is a crucial part of fleet safety. Drivers should use a flashlight to inspect the chamber and slack adjusters, and watch the dashboard air pressure gauges. Less experienced drivers may struggle with inspections, so fleet owners can use technology to monitor them. Programs such as Zonar and TripVision help to both monitor and manage safety inspections. There also also systems such as Tire Optix which focus solely on tires. Using technology is a great way to ensure that vehicle inspections are being performed as they should.

Key Takeaways:

  • A proper inspection ensures the personal safety of the driver as well as the safety of the vehicle and equipment.
  • For some new drivers, roadside inspections are stressful and they might forget to check some simple things.
  • P&B Transport uses Zonar to monitor their vehicles and alert them when repairs are needed.

“He recently told Fleet Owner that all of FedEx’s equipment adheres to a regular preventive maintenance schedule.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/roadside-inspections/roadcheck-2019-simple-steps-improving-your-fleet-s-safety

How Fleets Can Be Proactive With Tire Safety

Many drivers give their tires a good kick in the tread early in the morning to gauge the condition of the tire. Although this is not enough, but it is still better than not doing any check at all because at least the driver would know whether the tire still has air or not. While the National Tire safety week is ongoing here in the U.S it is time to remind drivers and fleet owners that they should run regular tire maintenance checks on their tires because tires do not run on wishes and prayers. At the beginning and end of a driving shift drivers should attempt to physically do an inspection of their tires and fleets are obligated to make sure that these is done because the tires are expensive assets. Despite these reminders, many tires still come off the road during trips because these maintenance checks are not carried out regularly. When blowouts of tires occur on the road, it causes a lot of trouble for the driver and other road users as well as become debris to be on the road. Also, the fleet is sure going to lose about some thousands of dollars from the tire blowout and the driver loses about two to three hours of his working period before the tires are fixed. This calamity would have been prevented if the drivers and fleets just spent about fifteen to twenty minutes each morning doing maintenance checks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tire pressure should be checked on a weekly basis, if not more frequently.
  • On drive and trailer tires, the tread should be at least 2/32 of an inch deep, and for steer tires the depth should be 4/32 of an inch.
  • Drivers are often reluctant to use unpaid time to inspect tires, so they need to be reminded that a road failure will cost them time and pay.

“It has been reported that about 80% of roadside tire failures are a direct result of creeping air loss.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/332426/how-fleets-can-be-proactive-with-tire-safety

Oversize.io helps fleets carrying over-dimensional cargo calculate exact state permit costs

It is a fact that millions of freight containers cut across North America every day and some of the truck drivers will have to contend with the fact that they have to move freight that has no normalcy or does not conform to the normal dimensions that is expected of freight such as in the parameters that consists of its width, weight, or volume. In order to avert accidentally breaking the law and thus being asked to pay fines, fleets that are hauling freights that are beyond normal dimensions have to ensure that they conform to the status of the states they are moving across. That is where oversize.io will come in to help fleets. This platform helps fleet to calculate load regulation and costs for freight that is above the normal weight or dimension. It also helps fleets to understand the permits that they need for such freight when crossing state borders, the routes that they are permitted to travel on, and the costs of getting each of the required permits in both the U.S and Canada. This platform knows that understanding the different regulations across different states is complicated and it aims to simplify the information for fleets carrying freight.

Key Takeaways:

  • Oversize.io assists with the calculations and path to take, while understanding the regulations needed for interstate travel.
  • Oversize’s efficient system helps prevent additional costs and time setbacks.
  • Oversize has been more quickly adopted by younger drivers who are able to more quickly process the technological changes.

“Oversize.io, an over-dimensional load regulation and costs calculation platform, helps fleets gauge the permits needed for hauling such loads when crossing state borders, the routes that can be taken, and the split costs of each of the required permits across the U.S. and Canada.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/oversize-io-helps-fleets-carrying-over-dimensional-cargo-calculate-exact-state-permit-costs

How to choose the right outsource provider – Fleet Owner

The author has repeatedly emphasized in his writings that fleets should learn how to manage the limited capital and human resources that they have taking into consideration the technological advancements and regulatory changes that they are faced with along with the fact that they also have driver and technician shortages. One option that is open to fleets to do this is outsourcing of the transportation function. Rather than carry out ownership of asset, a fleet can decide to lease assets. Rather than do maintenance of its vehicles, it can hire a company to carry it out for them. Also, there is the option of dedicated contract carriages that they can avail themselves of which is a trend in the operation of private fleets. Whatever the option that a fleet chooses, one thing it must make sure of is that it partners with a company that understands its needs and its operations. Some of the factors that a fleet can consider when contracting an outside company to do maintenance or provide dedicated contract carriage services would include the number of service bays that are required, number of required technicians and the technician’s certification level, as well as operating hours.

Key Takeaways:

  • You want to deal with a company that is transparent regarding their costs and earnings.
  • Other factors to consider are the number of service bays, the technicians’ training, and the company’s ability to digitally track maintenance.
  • You want to work with someone who understands your business, vision, and value and can offer you solid solutions.

“Fleets can also turn to dedicated contract carriage, an option that mimics the current operation of private fleets.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/how-choose-right-outsource-provider

Under the hood of autonomous trucking in Tucson – Inside Tucson Business

A record was made on August 10, 2018 when a truck without human intervention or an autonomous truck drove from Tucson to Phoenix. By June this year, it is estimated that that truck will be expanded into a fleet of 50 trucks. TuSimple is the company that is operating these semi-trucks using software and technology. The trucks will still have a human on it and this is necessary for cases of emergency although there are plans that this requirement will be shelved in the future. A spokesperson for Tusimple said that by 2020 or 2021, the trucks will go fully autonomous and they would not require a human intervention for emergency cases at all. According to the company, their ambition and mission is to bring the first self-driving truck to the industry and the market. This move they said would help to increase safety in the industry, reduce costs of transportation and labor, and also reduce their carbon emissions. But the question remains about how competitive the company will be compared to other trucking agencies in town with their new announcement. Currently, while operating the self-driving trucks, Tusimple have an engineer and a driver on board in case of emergencies although humans would be completely removed from the process in the future when customers demand it and conditions improve.

Key Takeaways:

  • A record was created on August 10, 2018 when a long haul vehicle successful made a delivery between Tucson and Phoenix without a human on it.
  • The company, TuSimple, states that their aim right now is that by 2020 all their vehicles will go fully without having any human on the vehicle.
  • The goal of the company which aligns with its mission is to reduce their carbon emission and increase safety while being the first to have a fully autonomous truck.

“These long-haul semi-trucks, operated and programmed by technology company TuSimple, still have humans onboard in case of an emergency.”

Read more: https://www.insidetucsonbusiness.com/news/under-the-hood-of-autonomous-trucking-in-tucson/article_b0afd25a-7d8c-11e9-824c-57a07d86a696.html

How to ace the roadside inspection – Fleet Owner

One of the facts of life for fleets is roadside inspections. Any violation of the road safety laws can mean a lot for the reputation of the fleet and can include downtime for the fleet along with having a lower road safety score. To ensure a smooth inspect for fleets, road safety officials and inspectors have outlined a number of steps that fleets need to take. One of these is that fleets should always be ready for an inspection at any time of the day and these can help prevent a lot of fatalities. An expert also tells fleets to be extra vigilant during the Roadcheck blitz that is coming up from June 4 to June 6 all across the United States and would be carried out by the commercial vehicle safety association as part of their roadcheck 2019 campaign. A spokesperson for J.B. Hunt states that they take safety as top priority at the company and they always make sure that their trucks and drivers are available for safety checks at any time and any day. They state that they coordinate with their drivers and maintenance crew to make sure that they are doing all the necessary things that they should be checking for including air leaks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having a road inspection is one fact of life that every fleet knows and a violation can cost them dearly in terms of their reputation.
  • An expert states that for fleets not to be caught wanting in violations, fleets should always make sure they are ready for an inspection.
  • J.B. Hunt’s director of safety states that the company is always ready to train its drivers about ways in which they would make safety a priority.

“However, law enforcement and industry officials said there are steps fleets and drivers can take to ensure a smooth inspection.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/roadside-inspections/how-ace-roadside-inspection

That horse can really fly!

One of the most prominent live animals that are moved on the air and this happening on an ongoing basis are horses. It is estimated that both flying domestically and internationally, in some cases they fly even more frequently than some frequent airline travelers. The author notes that thousands of horses are moved each year by air by airlines. But the question remains about why is it necessary to ship an horse by air? One of the more compelling reasons is that the horses have to participate in major races around the US and abroad as well as racehorses, shows, and exhibitions for horses including rodeo events, polo matches, mustang relocations, as well as to take advantage of changes in seasons for feeding and breeding. These reasons especially the last one account for the major regular movement of horses between US and Europe, as well as to the Gulf region. When a live animal is being transported on a plane, it is one of the most complex and complicated aspects of air cargo. There are several needs for the live animal during transportation which might include the movement of household pets, zoo animals and animals that are kept in aquariums.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are two companies that transport horses by domestic air travel in the US: FedEx and the Tex Sutton Forwarding Company.
  • International flights are more complicated due to individual country requirements for quarantines, health certificates, bloodwork, customs clearance, passports and other factors.
  • US export and import shipments of horses are valued at close to $1 billion total annually, with the UK being the largest export destination, and Germany the top country for inbound shipments.

“On this latter point, there are regular annual moves of horses at different times of year between Argentina, Florida, northern Europe and the Gulf region, and between the southern U.S. states like Florida and northern states.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/that-horse-can-really-fly

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