Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015’s best of the blogs

It’s time to turn the ignition off and put another year in park.

So let’s reflect on 2015 by looking at Land Line’s most-read blogs of the year. The stories are everything from informative, interesting, jaw-dropping and frustrating to entertaining and inspiring. Click the links to read each original blog post in its entirety.

1.                  Lease-purchase: Sounds like a good deal, right?

Lease-purchase contracts with large motor carriers continue to be common, but our experience in reviewing these contracts and receiving numerous complaints over the years tells us these programs almost never benefit anyone except the motor carriers and should be avoided.

Land Line editor-in-chief Sandi Soendker and the OOIDA staff team up for truths, including actual complaints like the truck needing repairs, no paycheck, miles cut and more.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

‘Beyond compliance’ is like being a ‘little pregnant’

In life, there really are some all or nothing situations. Truly black and white.

That’s a fundamental truth that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Congress need to get their heads around. When it comes to complying with the regulations, it really is like being pregnant. Either you are or you aren’t. There is no “sort of” or gray area.

Mega fleets have concocted this grand scheme to improve their Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety measurement scores – and Congress has directed FMCSA to pursue the idea.

The whole premise of the plan is that motor carriers might not be able to have the best scores in CSA based on their compliance. But if they add a bunch of gadgetry and wizardry to their trucks, they are now going above and beyond what’s mandated so that magically makes them safer and apparently deserving of a better score.

Throw on the blinkers and back up the truck.

Rather than fix the compliance problems within their fleets, these motor carrier execs would rather just throw more (expensive) bells and whistles on their trucks. They are accepting noncompliance within their own fleets. And now they are asking FMCSA to accept that same noncompliance with a lick and a promise that technology is somehow overcoming that.

I’m mystified here.

It’s this kind of cockeyed logic that has brought you an electronic log mandate (currently being challenged in court by OOIDA) and maybe even speed limiters. You know, the same electronic logs and speed limiters that have done nothing to improve compliance of the large motor carriers using them.

An OOIDA Foundation white paper revealed that several large motor carriers using electronic logs and speed limiters actually had more speeding violations and crashes – yes speeding and crashes – than motor carriers that do not use the technology.

This whole “beyond compliance” proposal is a ploy to make people feel better about the fact that mega fleets are not compliant or safer, as they want you to believe. They just want to look that way on paper.