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From page 42...
... Its safety director has decades of experience in carrier safety and operations, and is active in several national truck safety-related organizations. In the project survey, the safety director rated the following operational practices as having the greatest benefits to safety: • Reducing loading and unloading delays; • Maximizing travel on Interstates and other freeways; • Avoiding urban rush hours and other heavy traffic situations; • Avoiding adverse weather and slick roads; • Avoiding construction zones; and • Assigning familiar routes to drivers when possible.
From page 43...
... Lowering speeds and monitoring fuel consumption has increased its average fuel economy from 5 to 7 mpg. This is primarily an economy initiative, but it also has safety benefits.
From page 44...
... This includes use of PM schedules and software, brokers and other methods to reduce empty backhauls, detention fees for loading and unloading delays, and a requirement that drivers prepare trip plans before driving. The SM noted that detention fees are necessary because, without them, customers have little incentive to reduce delays.
From page 45...
... Evaluation areas for the award include "On Time Performance," "Equipment and Operations," "Information Technology," "Competitive Pricing," "Customer Service," "Problem Solving," and "ValueAdded Services." Carrier E participates in a consortium of 18 Canadian motor carriers striving to improve their safety and reduce losses. The group meets quarterly to share best safety practices and materials, including those related to operational efficiencies.
From page 46...
... The SM's job responsibilities encompass qualifications and safety, operations, and risk analysis and control. Carrier G is a recent recipient of the American Trucking Associations (ATA)
From page 47...
... Individual driver fuel economy also is monitored. These combined measures have allowed Carrier G to improve its fuel economy by more than 1 mpg.
From page 48...
... 48 "Knuckle Boom." The company is experimenting with an Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report system from Zonar. The system uses radio-frequency identification tags attached to key vehicle inspection points to ensure full compliance with inspection requirements and recording of inspection steps.
From page 49...
... General, non–commercial-vehicle GPS navigation aids are provided to drivers. Although the company works from three Five Carrier I Innovative Operational Practices • Commercial software for PM scheduling and records • Use of multiple methods to reduce deadheads to 5% of return trips • Maps and route directions provided to drivers for trips • Mobile communications • Moving to electronic logs and multifunction vehicle onboard monitoring Five Carrier J Innovative Operational Practices • Software for PM scheduling and records • File of optimal routes for almost all trips • Provides state daily traffic alerts to drivers • EOBRs assist trip planning as well as HOS compliance.
From page 50...
... 50 terminals, dispatching is from a single location, using a computerized system. Vehicles are OBSM-equipped to record vehicle speeds, fuel use, and idling times.


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