Winter fades, Spring is here

As winter finally fades away, we are all gearing up for the warmer, busier months ahead. With spring, we want to send a reminder that Spring storms roll in fast and hit hard.  Please be aware in the Rocky Mountains those afternoon rain showers can sometimes turn to black ice.  Spring is a time for severe weather in most of the country, so please be careful out there.

As summer approaches, we want to remind all our partner carries of the upcoming 72-hour safety blitz during the first full week of June. This article is courtesy of Overdrive:

Fleets and drivers will need to be up to date on cargo securement requirements and regulations in a little over a month when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts its annual 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz.

Roadcheck will be held June 6-8 across North America. While inspectors will be primarily conducting Level I inspections, they will be keying in on how loads are secured during the event. CVSA has put together a tip sheet for fleets to use to make sure they are aware of the regulations dealing with cargo securement.

Violations related to load securement include failure to prevent shifting and/or loss of load; failure to secure truck equipment such as tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires and more; damaged tie-downs (unacceptable wear on chains or cuts and tears on web straps); insufficient tie-downs; and loose tie-downs.

During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers. A total of 62,796 inspections were performed during the event, according to CVSA, and 42,236 of them were Level I inspections, the most comprehensive. Brakes and hours were the top out-of-service violations in 2016.