Thorn Valley Safety

Driver Hiring, Health and Safety Trends

We take a look at the importance of developing innovative, technology-based recruitment and retention strategies, with special attention on how improved ergonomics and driver safety can lead to long-lasting fleet success and driver retention.

OOIDA and 16 Other Associations Seek to Eliminate ELD Mandate

Recently announced: The ELD mandate petition filed by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has less than a 5% chance of even being heard, let alone being granted by the Supreme Court. Therefore Thorn Valley recommends all commercial fleets that are not exempt from any part of FMCSR 395 to anticipate the compliance deadline will be enforced. Trucks not equipped with Electronic Logging Devices by December 17, 2018 are subject to Out of Service orders being issued.

Accident Administration

Following an 8% annual increase in fatal truck crashes, the FMCSA declares several trucking companies and drivers to be Imminent Hazard to Public Safety. In turn, commercial auto insurers are facing escalating losses, forcing them to raise rates and write smarter. Thorn Valley offers new web resources to use on the scene of an accident. Read more to prepare yourself.

Georgia Plans to Re-open I-85 by June 15

Georgia’s Department of Transportation is aiming to complete rebuilding of the stretch of I-85 that collapsed last week — slicing one of the main arteries through metropolitan Atlanta — by June 15, which would be roughly 10 weeks since the collapse.

Commercial Vehicle News

International Roadcheck, in its 30th year in 2017, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period. Read more about what inspectors look for, recently added violations, and increased regulatory fines.

Regulatory Updates - April 2017

Thorn Valley keeps you up to date with the most recent regulation changes. Included are changes in uniform food safety transportation protocol, safety fitness determination andthe 34-hour restart restrictions. We highlight the changes with electronic logging devices and the 14 things you need to know before ELDs become mandatory. 

Safety Is The Captain Of The Ship

Safety is more than compliance. It is the combination of drivers and equipment knowing and understanding regulations and conditions. Safety must remain the core value. 

Ask Thorn Valley April 2017

This month, Thorn Valley is answering questions about DOT safety ratings, the correct DOT number to use for inspections and the 5 trends in DOT compliance reviews.

Best Ways to Improve Fleet & Driver Safety

Thorn Valley has compiled a number of articles that will aid in carriers' safety. Read a Q&A with a loss control expert, find best practices on choosing on and off-road tires, and learn about the best takeaways for training and inspecting the fleet. 

FMCSA Tackles Driver Safety Issues

From updates to Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) methodology to new programs to monitor motor carriers' compliance with safety regulations and court rulings, Thorn Valley explains the ways the FMCSA helps drivers operate safely on our roads.