Thorn Valley Safety


Ask Thorn Valley

The March Newsletter asks a great question: "Can a food producer of agricultural commodities or livestock claim exemption under FMCSR 390.5 as a covered farm vehicle (CFV)?" Click the link below to read Thorn Valley's answer.


FMCSA News

FMCSA offers a Crash Preventability Program and announces the ELD waiver for the transporters of agricultural commodities. Learn the 6 steps to obtain a medical exemption.


Driver Hiring, Retention and ELD Compliance Concerns

Driver turnover rate eased in the fourth quarter, but there is no getting around the fact that the U.S. is running out of trucker drivers. Read the hot off the press Special Report: Day of Reckoning in Driver Shortage Saga. Also in this article, read the ELD Mandate enforcement kicking in on April 1 and how FMCSA modifies guidance to authorize the use of AOBRD Software on ELD-capable Hardware.


Safety Messages, Training and Tips

Look out for low bridges! We are sharing news about texting and driving accidents and railroad overpasses that hang too low. Read CMV driving tips and how collision avoidance lessens truck damage. 


Ask Thorn Valley

A good question came up during the loss control visit at a drive-away operation. How does a drive-away operation determine the number of “Power Units” to list on the Motor Carrier Census filing (MCS-150)? Read our response.


The ELD Pivot

"We might have missed the peak of the ELD impact due to a delay in hard enforcement and temporary relief for agricultural commodity haulers, but the data shows a correlation between spot-market demand and the implementation."


Measurement vs. Management

As Fleet Safety and Loss Control professionals, we do our fair share of measuring and attempt to reduce crash rates. Recent crash statistics have increased since 2015 after years of steady decline.


Ask Thorn Valley

Three major questions and answers that were forwarded to Thorn Valley by an attendee of the FMCSA meeting. These are questions regarding ELD compliance will come in handy. The next few months will be interesting as FMCSA and enforcement personnel make transitions.