Improving Safety for Trucking Companies
There has been a lot of discussion over the past year about safety improvements in the trucking industry. Implementation of CSA 2010 and potential changes to HOS rules are two issues currently changing the industry.
Are these changes the only way to improve safety in the trucking industry? There is new evidence to suggest safety performance could be improved under alternative enforcement systems.
A new report by the American Trucking Associations questions whether the current safety tools widely used in the industry accurately reflect the risk of a crash for trucking companies.
Areas they suggest would provide a more significant reduction in crash risk include:
Electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs), enhanced drug and alcohol testing using hair samples, enhanced training through more time spent in simulators, industry-wide mandate of speed limiters, collision and lane departure warning systems, roll stability control, and tire pressure monitoring systems.
The current system of compliance reviews has the most significant reduction on crashes for small carriers. This impact diminishes as the size of the trucking company grows. This indicates larger companies in particular need a different method to improve safety initiatives and decreases accidents.
The ATA backed study is proposing a pilot study to further assess differences between crash rates by carrier sizes and the impact that different tools and measurements would have on safety.