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Truckers and highway patrol officers usually aren’t the best of friends. In a move orchestrated by the Washington State Patrol however, they’re starting to see eye to eye on a few issues. Members of the WSP have been riding along with truckers in an effort to crack down of aggressive drivers. The enforcement program, Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), has been raising awareness about the dangers of driving aggressively around commercial motor vehicles.
Dan Coon, public information officer for the state patrol explained how the program works.A trooper sits in the cab with the driver where he can observe dangerous behavior from cars or even other trucks. He then calls it in to another trooper who is shadowing the truck to pull over the offending motorist.
Federal agents raided a trucking company in Mt. Crawford, VA on February 12th on charges of forcing drivers to falsify logbooks. Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens all the time, but for it to be happening to such a degree that there’s a raid by federal agents really says something.
The raid was the result of an investigation that has been ongoing since 2006 and came about when workers reported that their supervisors forced them to lie about their hours in order to get paid. Agents said that no less than seven witnesses complained about having to falsify records.
As part of a larger bill that takes drug testing for state welfare and unemployment to a new even more stringent level, West Virginia news station WSAZ (Channel 3) reports that proposed drug testing for drivers licenses would begin with a prospective driver’s first attempt at gaining a license.
Additional information revealed by WSAZ discusses that drivers would have to pass a drug test three times before being able to obtain their West Virginia drivers license—once to get a learner’s permit, once for the intermediate West Virginia driver’s license, and finally, pass one more drug test to obtain a full license with all driver benefits.
“I think it’s crazy, way too far. No one wants to pee in a cup three times for the government. Even people who drive professionally with Class A licenses aren’t under that kind of pressure. It’s like these representatives want a police state,” says Suzanna Miller, a West Virginia native.
While some argue it will deter drug use within the state of West Virginia, others disagree. “These politicians say they want smaller government, then they want to have us taxpayers foot the bill for three drug tests per driver in the state? That’s not smaller government and it’s a lot closer to the communism they claim Obama is part of,” states a local West Virginian and business owner, Markus Powell.
In April of 2012 West Virginia passed a measure that mandates drug testing for those who partake in job and training programs funded by the government, but according to commentators on the original story posted in Charleston, West Virginia, most state residents find this measure acceptable.
“It’s not that we oppose having to pass a drug test for anything, it’s that we oppose having to pass a drug test for everything,” says marijuana legislation topic blogger, Dave Dawkins, adding, “People want to feel free, and they won’t feel really very free if they have to pass a urine test three times for a driver’s license. I doubt this measure will pass in West Virginia, but that won’t keep them from trying and using this as a platform to make drug testing for welfare seem totally status quo.”
It seems that the sexual harassment suits against CRST Van Expedited just never end. They lose, then contest and win, more suits are brought… it just goes on and on.
The latest development in the newest long-running driver harassment case against CRST Van Expedited is that the 15 drivers who were being called as witnesses won’t be allowed to testify. So the 15 women who came forward to speak out that their driver trainers had sexually harassed them are now being told that they are not allowed to speak not only by the company that allegedly refused to respond to their complaints, but also now by the court that’s trying the case.
How does a company go about demonstrating that drivers are valued?
1. Leadership needs to establish a safety culture
If a company attempts to enforce compliance without adopting safety as a culture, it will eventually end in failure. Employees will readily recognize if their management and owners are committed to doing things safely or if they are just trying to minimally comply with regulatory requirements or evade detection.
Here are some suggestions for demonstrating your commitment to a safety culture:
A driver could face felony charges in Washington State for not cleaning zebra mussels off a boat he was hauling. Felony charges? How many other “civilians” can land in that kind of hot water for failing to be 100% diligent 100% of the time?
Felony crimes are nasty crimes: murder, armed robbery, grand larceny, drug trafficking … and apparently failing to clean mussels from boats. The State of Washington is, rightly, working hard to prevent a zebra mussel infestation. One of the chief ways of inviting an infestation is to allow contaminated boats into uncontaminated waters. The waters won’t stay that way for long.
Freightliner Trucks has opened a new online community for drivers, owner-operators and fleet managers offering a wealth of industry resources in a single location.
Federal safety data indicate that carrier registrations have jumped by 7.5% over the past 14 months, possibly reflecting a move by drivers to go into business for themselves, according to an analysis by QualifiedCarriers, a risk management services provider to shippers.