Sign up for The Wire Newsletter!

It's a Team's Life

Someone is Watching YOU

By Bob & Linda Caffee
Posted Dec 10th 2009 2:53AM

DOT is now going to have more teeth and the driver is going to get penalized if they do not pass a safety inspection. Your driver rating can help or adversely affect the company you are leased to.   One of the more interesting facts is that a warning is just as bad as an actual ticket.   Check all of your clearance lights on your pre trip in the morning then pull into a scale and one light is out there goes points against you.   If you are a driver and not an O/O by signing your log book or driving the truck you will also be saying everything is fine with the truck and trailer.   Your personal weight is also going to become a huge issue as there is a pretty big possibility that BMI is going to be included with the driver safety rating.   No more of any doctor being able to give you a DOT certificate as there will be stricter standards on who can give a DOT physical and the doctors will have to be certified.   Our health needs to be looked at now before you flunk a DOT physical.   Right now what happens to your truck at a scale or even a warning ticket will cause you some grief later on down the road as the tickets you get now will go into the program at triple points!

We have been attending conferences and reading as much as we can about CSA 2010 as this has the possibility to make or break a driver.   We plan on staying ahead of the game and becoming one of the trucks a company will want to have lease to them to help with their safety rating.   You can read more here about how this will affect a driver: http://www.csa2010.com/

 

 

 

Bob & Linda Caffee
Leased to: FedEx Custom Critical
TeamCaffee
Saint Louis MO
Expediters 5 years been out here on the road ten years
boblindacaffee@gmail.com

 

Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle;
Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure;
Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job;
Expediting isn't just a job, it's a business.

 

8 Comments

  • - December 10, 2009
    jeff clark-=|=-It is my belief that FMCSA will drum very few if any drivers out of the biz. They said the same thing when fed CDLs first came out. The FMCSA is more concerned with keeping rates as low as possible than keeping highways safe. That is what history teaches us.
  • - December 10, 2009
    jeff clark-=|=-It is my belief that FMCSA will drum very few if any drivers out of the biz. They said the same thing when fed CDLs first came out. The FMCSA is more concerned with keeping rates as low as possible than keeping highways safe. That is what history teaches us.
  • - December 10, 2009
    Marshall E. Massengill-=|=-Almost thirty years driving the Big Trucks and another driving straight and Sprinter Vans, I find it an impossibility to maintain fair and impartial enforcement when it comes to drivers. Health per se is an important factor, but when it comes to the almighty dollar, a company and the DOT could care less who is driving the truck as long as the freight is moving...
  • - December 10, 2009
    Marshall E. Massengill-=|=-Almost thirty years driving the Big Trucks and another driving straight and Sprinter Vans, I find it an impossibility to maintain fair and impartial enforcement when it comes to drivers. Health per se is an important factor, but when it comes to the almighty dollar, a company and the DOT could care less who is driving the truck as long as the freight is moving...
  • - December 11, 2009
    Jeff Mayfield-=|=-THANK GOODNESS !!!!

    It's about time we put a halt to those enormous obese drivers. You know the ones, they waddle across the lot like it's the most physical, stressful thing the've ever done. They look disgusting.
    I don't want to risk my life because they have a heart attack carrying around all that flab, and smash into me.

    GETTUM OFF THE ROAD
  • - December 11, 2009
    Jeff Mayfield-=|=-THANK GOODNESS !!!!

    It's about time we put a halt to those enormous obese drivers. You know the ones, they waddle across the lot like it's the most physical, stressful thing the've ever done. They look disgusting.
    I don't want to risk my life because they have a heart attack carrying around all that flab, and smash into me.

    GETTUM OFF THE ROAD
  • - December 12, 2009
    jeff clark-=|=-Hey Gettum:

    The most dangerous drivers on the road are inexperienced drivers. If we replace that obese driver with an inexperienced one the highway is made more dangerous. I do agree completely with you about the heart attack risk. This driver does need to get in better shape. I am a 50 year old driver who just finished his seventh marathon. I want to help this guy. I work on the highway and want it as safe as possible. Do you want to help?
  • - December 12, 2009
    jeff clark-=|=-Hey Gettum:

    The most dangerous drivers on the road are inexperienced drivers. If we replace that obese driver with an inexperienced one the highway is made more dangerous. I do agree completely with you about the heart attack risk. This driver does need to get in better shape. I am a 50 year old driver who just finished his seventh marathon. I want to help this guy. I work on the highway and want it as safe as possible. Do you want to help?

Please sign in or sign up to post a comment.  Or sign in with Facebook.