The Importance of a Positive Approach to Driver Compliance

Drivers are the bread and butter of the trucking world but they can also create the largest problems for the carrier regarding non-compliance. Non-compliance can be anything from not filling out simple paperwork, getting traffic violations, to having the vehicle placed out-of-service for mechanical defects that should have been discovered on pre-trip inspections. Hours of … Read More

Lower Back Pain, Stiff Neck… Does This Sound Familiar?

Lower back pain, stiff neck, aching shoulders and foot cramps are all symptoms that many professional drivers experience. Not just truck drivers—bus drivers, moving and delivery drivers, ambulance drivers, waste management drivers—anyone that spends many hours a day in the driver’s seat can be affected by these kinds of aches and pains, which are often … Read More

Training Not Testing / ਟੈਸਟ ‘ਤੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਲਕਿ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ‘ਤੇ ਧਿਆਨ ਕੇਂਦ੍ਰਿਤ ਕਰੋ।

Training employees is one of the best ways of improving an organisation’s safety culture. Is it as easy as it is sometimes made out to be? As with almost everything else in a Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) the success of safety-related training depends on the overarching company culture and the beliefs of the … Read More

National Safety Code: Trip Inspections and Reports

Trip Inspection Reports (AKA pre-trip inspection reports) tend to create problems for carriers. The problems are usually very simple. But getting drivers to properly complete the reports can be challenging. It can be even more challenging making sure that the drivers conduct proper pre-trip and post-trip inspections every day. While the trip-inspection form may be … Read More

National Safety Code Training for All Employees

The National Safety Code is evolving, and thus requires all employees to be trained. The office record keepers for the National Safety Code records have to ensure that all of them are reconciled. This requires monitoring of the carrier profile. If a driver gets a violation while operating any National Safety Code-compliant vehicle, the violation … Read More

Distractions, distractions and more distractions/ਬੇਧਿਆਨੀਆਂ, ਬੇਧਿਆਨੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਬੇਧਿਆਨੀਆਂ

Have you ever stopped to think about the number of potential distractions at a warehouse and how difficult they can make it for the forklift operators to do their jobs safely? There are the obvious ones that we all recognise, like pedestrian right of way or observing speed limits and staying in designated lanes, but … Read More

C’mon, Baby, DON’T Light My Fire!

Wildfires have been burning up the headlines across BC this summer—again. Last year’s was one of the worst wildfire seasons BC has endured, with 65,000 people evacuated and 1.2 million hectares of land burned. A provincial state of emergency was declared in early July 2017 that was not lifted until mid-September, the longest state of … Read More

National Safety Code Hours of Service: Special Provisions

Special provisions: (Included are sections of Division 37 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act Regulations “the National Safety Code”) (British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act Regulations BCMVAR) (Exemption for commercial motor vehicles of a certain weight 37.11.01  BCMVAR The director may (a) exempt from this Part, unconditionally, or on conditions the director considers desirable, commercial motor … Read More

Mechanics: Making Everything Go

Imagine for a moment the vast network of mechanized transport around the globe: large trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, ships, all humming along purposefully. Now remove from that world all of the heavy duty equipment mechanics. Things don’t looks so rosy anymore. Without each of their specialized maintenance yards and repair facilities, those powerful machines are … Read More

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

It’s a double-edged sword: you know you need to keep hydrated, but drinking water can turn into frequent bathroom breaks, which can cut productivity. Having said that, dehydration can lead to a host of other problems, like kidney stones, muscle cramps, and even a mental fatigue that mimics driving while under the influence. Now that … Read More

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