The DOT Doctor’s Blog

June 3, 2012

Welcome Summer!

It has been awhile since I signed into WordPress and created a blog.   Perhaps it is time I take back up the pen and address you all again.

What are my current goals?

I am seeking a new opportunity in the logistics and/or transportation field.   It must involve travel, ability for growth and be a position of responsibility.   The DOT Doctor is a great organization.  I truly have enjoyed creating and building her.  While I intend to remain as a partner, my focus and dedication is to a new venture.   Anyone with contacts or who knows of a company needing a subject matter expert in logistics and trucking; please think of me.   Pass my contacts to the responsibility (asitler@thedotdoctor.com) and drop me a line.   Please let me know how I may be of assistance to you in return.

Join on my LinkedIn and Facebook my friends.  Let us grow our networks together.

 

December 17, 2010

Happy Holidays from The DOT Doctor

The DOT Doctor Newsletter is now in a new electronic format.  Please visit our newest page for electronic newsletters (http://thedotdoctor.com/newsletters).

 

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!   May your 2011 be full of prosperity and a blank OSHA 300.

 

The DOT Doctor Team

June 26, 2010

CSA 2010

CSA 2010 is here! Know how to protect yourself and your company.

CSA 2010 is a new minefield that the government has created for truckers and trucking companies to traverse. This one can stop you dead in your tracts. So be prepared!

O/Os remember you are the carrier, the fleet, the driver. Remember DOT does not care if you have 1 truck or 1,000,001 trucks. As long as you have a DOT number, you are bound by DOT regulations and therefore CSA 2010 standards.

CSA 2010 claims to not directly rate drivers as to put them out of work. This is true and false at the same time. It will provide enhanced tools for Safety Investigators (SIs) to identify drivers with safety performance problems during motor carrier investigations. As a result, motor carriers and drivers will have the opportunity to correct the specific safety performance problems. (This is not an “opportunity” but a requirement. Drivers are noted, by name, as to their infractions.) CSA 2010 is designed to meet one overriding objective: to increase safety on the Nation’s roads. (If this were totally true, it will target all vehicles not just commercial vehicles.) Therefore, it is, by design, a positive program for drivers and carriers with strong safety performance records. Also, it will send a strong message that drivers and carriers with poor safety performance histories need to improve. (CSA 2010) In short, low scorers will have black boxes (On-board recording devices) put in their trucks for full monitoring by Big Brother.

CSA 2010 is the answer for allowing the government to “invisibly” ride along side you in the cab of your truck and your only recourse is to outsmart the DOT at their own game.

If drivers are not “directly” rated then explain – driver interventions and notifications.

1. Driver Interventions – Any driver violations identified and addressed during carrier investigations that are not corrected may result in a driver Notice of Violation (NOV) or Notice of Claim (NOC). These are the only driver interventions at this time.

2. Driver Notifications – Drivers will be notified by mail and may be contacted by a FMCSA investigator. Let’s demystify the CSA 2010 initiative. Learn how this new data collection system directly affects you as a driver or carrier.

Download this new paper directed at driver protection by the DOT Doctor. Available at: http://thedotdoctor.com/i/u/10035243/i/Debunking_CSA_2010.pdf

As always, questions and comments welcomed!

April 8, 2010

A National Intermodal Shift

A National Intermodal Shift
William B. Cassidy and John D. Boyd | Apr 5, 2010 4:00AM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Magazine – News Story
http://www.joc.com/government-regulation/national-intermodal-shift (sign-in required)
This cover article speaks of the DOT’s plan to move truck traffic to ocean and rail methods. Deputy Secretary Porcari told Congress “We want to keep goods movement on water as long as possible, and then on rail as long as possible and truck it for the last miles.” That is, let’s transform the trucking industry into drayage carriers for the railroads – just what Norfolk Southern CEO Moorman called for a couple of years ago. Secretary LaHood spoke recently of how well he has been able to work with railroads, which have received a great deal of DOT funding.

Moving truck traffic to the rail would slow the delivery time. Rails, while gaining in competition, are still not able to handle time sensitive freight. Today’s inventories are leaned and set to work on JIT delivery schedules. Rail and ocean cannot accommodate this type of system. In essence, the government is telling big business to change their method of operation. Companies are leaning inventory and stock to save money, space and general overhead charges. They have invested much in the last 10 years to achieve this new structure. I do not see them changing back to the old ways willingly.
JB and Schneider embraced the intermodal methods and changed their business methods accordingly. Driver miles were cut almost in half as long haul freight disappeared to the rails. This also meant a change in client base for these carriers. Swift, who happily grabbed up the Wal-Mart account, split their transport method between rail and ground freight (truck) for JIT customers. Automotive clients always required JIT service.
While a move to rail claims to be more environmentally friendly and can save up to 30% in transportation costs, time will always be the issue. Rail is limited in its area of service and ocean is even a slower option. Claims processing through these channels are a nightmare and one of the main reasons many companies avoid these options totally.
The government explains that this would help relieve the congestion on our highways, promote safety highways and reduce the cost of infrastructure. Highways that no longer have to support the weight of heavy truck traffic are cheaper to build. It is implied that in doing so, fuel cost can be lowered due to the reduced highway funds needed. I find this hard to believe since the government is already ear marking those funds for railway improvements.
If these were to happen, inventory costs would raise along with replenishment times. This would mean consumer costs would rise to compensate for the increase. Large cities may feel a slight relief in traffic but for Main Street America, I doubt much change on the highway will be noticed.

More info – http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/455871-Logistics_news_Maritime_DOT_unveils_effort_to_expand_America_s_marine_highways.php?nid=4283&source=title&rid=14370409

April 3, 2010

Big Brother is OnBoard

Filed under: 49 CFR,CDL,DOT,DOT Compliance,Haz-Mat,logistics,safety — dotdoctor @ 9:24 pm

April 2 was no April fool when it came to pass that EOBR will now be required on all trucks who’s company has a 10% or greater violation rate of HOS.  This is one time 10%, not the twice 10% as first spoke of by the FMCSA.  Compliance begins June 4 and in full force by 2012.  Adding insult to injury, even O/Os with their own authority leased to a company falling upon this non-compliance statue will be forced to install an EOBR.

Drivers, O/O and trucking company owners; we must unite in a common effort to maintain workable conditions for the industry.  Safety has to be priority but who knows better what makes a safe driver than those of us in this industry.  The government only knows what it reads.  We must stand up for our rights.  We must unite for adequate HOS and enforcement not encroachment and infringements.   Rouge drivers need to be removed from our highways.  Education is needed.  Many violations are due to pure misinterpertation of the regulations due to their complexities.  While blantant violators brought the wrath of the government upon the industry, not carriers should burden the weight.

There are many good carriers, drivers and O/Os in our industry.  There are many new rules coming at us quickly.  One that springs to mind is the new sleep apnea testing.  This added to the blood pressure standards and other issues that arise from the required lifestyle of a driver, will place any experienced driver out of work.  Driver “life expectancy” behind the wheel will be reduced to under 10 years unless we do something NOW to curb these attacks from the government agencies.  Get involved now before it is too late.   Write your Congressman, join driver groups and take action to save your profession.  Our voices do count and we, as a group, can be heard.  Do not let the government push us all out until all that are left are yellow and orange trucks on the highway overseen by Big Brother.  Let us learn from what is happening in the car and bank industry.

Read more at: http://www.landlinemag.com/Special_Reports/2010/Apr/040210-FMCSA-targets.htm

October 28, 2009

CSA 2010 is Coming: Are you prepared?

Filed under: CDL,DOT,DOT Compliance,driver training,Haz-Mat,logistics,OSHA,safety — dotdoctor @ 11:18 am

I have seen the clerk in the Safety Position too often. Many of the clients was serviced or prospective clients feel they are too small to need a safety person. They actually say they do not need to worry about the DOT since they only had x trucks. (generally under 10). Then that audit paper comes and they run crying.

We all know 1 truck or 1 million trucks, the DOT is coming. The free DOT HELP group we run on Yahoo addresses this issue with so many small companies. I speak with their “safety clerk”, who professes they are clerical and haven’t a clue, on how to conduct a safety department. Not only is this unsafe practices; the drivers walk all over them. Drivers are not stupid. They know when the safety person is clueless and they use that to their advantage. Can you blame them?

Our virtual safety director service has helped some companies. It is nice for a long term contract on our part but it really feels better when you can go in and educate management on the importance of a good safety department. While you are their virtual director for a bit to get the ball rolling; it is great to see them learn to value this position and place a full time, qualified person in the spot. Maybe this new ruling will draw more attention to the need for safety and achieve what we have been trying to do for over 10 years in our little part of the world.

Having said this – I want to share a posting from LinkedIN

SEASONED EXPERIENCED SAFETY DIRECTORS NEEDED
Over the years several carriers have tried to cut expenses by using safety clerks instead of experienced or Certified Safety Directors.

This mindset has worked for some carriers, over the years, because the carrier’s Safety Rating would only be affected when a compliance review was conducted. THINGS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE!

CSA2010.com states: “DON’T WAIT! What you and your drivers are doing RIGHT NOW will affect your company’s new safety rating with CSA 2010. FMCSA assessment has already begun and will use the data they have been collecting to levy corrective actions or even declare drivers and companies “unfit” to continue service!”
Carriers can not afford to NOT have an experienced and seasoned Safety Director in control of the day-to-day operations. Carriers MUST develop educational and progressive discipline programs to prevent their drivers, contractors and even their own company from being declared “UNFIT” to continue service.

A carrier can no longer afford to allow a clerk to carry the title of Safety Director and live in denial or the fantasy world that CSA2010 is not going to affect them. This mentality has already cost several carriers large fines and even more to close their doors.

The attached link is an interview with a carrier from one of the test states which is currently using CSA2010. After reading the interview: Ask yourself can you afford not to have a seasoned certified and experienced Safety Director in charge of your company’s future?

http://www.csa2010.com/articles/Interview_CSA_2010_Test_State.htm

Please take a couple seconds and answer two quick POLL questions and then view the results of the others.

What has your company done to prepare for CSA2010? http://polls.linkedin.com/p/62919/kmfwb

Who is in charge of your company’s DOT Compliance and Safety? http://polls.linkedin.com/p/62918/lywoh

I would like to hear your thoughts.

 

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September 2, 2009

Establishing Yucca Mt as America’s Nuclear Waste Dump

Filed under: 49 CFR,CDL,DOT,driver training,EPA,Haz-Mat,NRC,OSHA,safety — dotdoctor @ 9:46 pm

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