September 2021 Newsletter
Roadcheck Week Results are in
The results of the May Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) inspection are in! More than 40,000 trucks were inspected and 83.5% had no out-of-service violations.
Inspectors did, however, remove 6,710 commercial vehicles and 2,080 drivers from roadways – a 16.5% vehicle and 5.3% driver out-of-service rate – over the three-day period from May 4-6. If you are reading this, let Safety know to be entered to win a prize. Last year’s Roadcheck, held in late September, had a vehicle out-of-service rate of 22.2% and a driver out-of-service rate of 5.3%.
Of the 9,691 out-of-service vehicle violations issued, the top five violations were for:
· Brake systems – 2,564 (26.5%)
· Tires – 1,804 (18.6%)
· Lights – 1,367 (14.1%)
· Brake adjustment – 1,203 (12.4%)
· Cargo securement – 1,192 (12.3%)
The second focus area, hours of service, was the most cited driver out-of-service violation, accounting for 41.5% of all driver out-of-service violations, or 1,203 violations.
Of the 2,898 out-of-service driver violations issued, the top five violations were for:
· Hours of service – 1,203 (41.5%)
· Wrong class license – 565 (19.5)
· Other – 482 (16.6%)
· False logs – 427 (14.7%)
· Suspended license – 132 (4.6%)
Spotlight Driver: Richard Barnett
Richard has been a local company driver for General Transport since July 2019. In that time, he has driven over 100,000 safe miles! When Richard isn’t behind the wheel, you can find him enjoying time with his wife, kids, grandkids, and dogs. Richard can also be found behind the handles of his motorcycle. We are proud to have you part of the GT Family and also wish you a Happy Birthday month!
Driver Appreciation Week Sept 12-18
As most of you know, the country sets a week aside each year to stop and recognize the hard work and dedication that truck drivers provide every day. Although we don’t need a week and don’t think that is nearly enough time to appreciate all drivers out there. We too take this time to reflect on how important each and every one of you is. Without truck drivers, our economy and the world we know would come to a screeching halt. Shelves would be empty, no fuel deliveries, and our amazon treasures wouldn’t be on our porches.
In all seriousness, you do the job no one wants to do. You sacrifice time away from home to provide for your family and others. Through terrible weather conditions, over holidays, through traffic, construction, and a global pandemic the wheels kept moving.
The words “thank you” will never be enough to show our appreciation. Make sure you swing by the terminal to receive your GT YETI cup!
Don’t forget to do your monthly trainings! Following FMCSA regulation 390.39(e), employees must receive training. You should be receiving emails monthly with a link to log on. The training shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and offers the option to read it or listen to it. At the end there will be a few multiple choice or true/false questions to answer.