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Hermann Services is Prepared for the 2010 CSA Driver Regulations

11-03-2010

As the economy revs up, truck drivers are in greater demand. However, many carriers are facing a severe crunch in their quality driver supply as they begin to re-hire. Thats why many shippers are relying on Hermann Services where we maintain one of the best driver safety records in the industry. Just recently the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration awarded us the best 5-month SafeStat score in company history. We are also a member in good standing with the Captive Insurance Group, which only accepts qualified carriers with excellent safety records. New CSA 2010 Regulations May Disqualify Many Drivers Many companies will need to replace drivers who may become ineligible when the new regulations from the Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) takes effect November 20. Carriers and drivers with poor safety records could be suspended for infractions in any of eight categories:
  • Unsafe Driving
  • Fatigue Driver
  • Driver Fitness to be Behind the Wheel
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Cargo Securement/Loading including Hazmat, Airbags, Strapping
  • Crash Indicator including DOT Reportable Accidents, Injuries, Treatment, Tow, and Fatalities within the Past 24 Months
  • Controlled Substance and Alcohol Use
  • Insurance and Other Documentation
Five states, including New Jersey, were chosen to conduct pilot programs to develop the regulations, which has helped place Hermann at the forefront of compliance. Prior to CSA 2010, inspectors only used company data, not driver data, to enforce regulations. With CSA 2010, driver accountability comes into play and their qualification files are updated in a national database. The Recession has Permanently Impacted the Driver Pool As demand for freight grows nearly 4% a year, while the number of truck drivers grows at less than 1%, carriers will also find it difficult to replace the older generation of retired drivers. Many workers forced out of jobs will not be climbing back into the drivers seat. At Hermann, Safety Behind the Wheel Comes First Every time a driver takes to the road, it is our responsibility to ensure safe performance of the driver as well as the vehicle. Heres how we do it:
  • Ensure new hires come aboard with a clean safety record and zero or minimal safety violations
  • Monthly driver payroll stuffers that address changes in FMSCA regulations or general safety reminders on existing regulations/Hermann Services safety policies
  • Quarterly accident countermeasures with quizzes for ways to prevent a motor vehicle accident or work related injury
  • Monetary awards for zero violation roadside inspections
  • 90-day preventive maintenance schedule for every vehicle
  • Pre- and-post trip driver inspections
  • Semi-Annual Driver Safety meetings in New Jersey and Texas. Topics range from hazmat and load securement to refresher training for all drivers and managers. Todd Currier, our certified DOT instructor performs the training.
Hermann has Developed a Loyal Driver Pool At Hermann our goal has always been to hire and retain excellent drivers by investing in their continual education. From one-on-one training to hiring outside consultant speakers, we offer whatever assistance we can to maintain the best driver pool in the nation. Additionally, we provide our drivers with modern, safe equipment they can depend on with their lives. As a family owned and operated company, we maintain an open door policy at every level of management and stand behind our promises to our employees. Hermann drivers appreciate such dedication to them, which is why they remain loyal to our organization. Therefore our customers can always depend on Hermann Services to deliver.