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If it seems like enforcement is being extra observant this week out on the road, it's not your imagination. Beginning Sunday, October 15, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)'s Operation Safe Driver Week is underway. This annual event is focused on drawing attention to unsafe driving behaviors by all drivers on the road in an effort to curb dangerous habits. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety activities through Saturday, October 21....

By: Steve Vaughn, National Director of Field Operations at HELP Inc. You definitely want your drivers to operate in a safe manner. You make safety a key element of your new driver orientation, and you talk about it in driver meetings. Your supervisors constantly mention it. Your dispatchers may even bring it up to drivers from time to time. You “think” you operate a safe fleet, but do you know for sure? Simply put, if you want to...

By: Steve Vaughn, National Director of Field Operations at HELP Inc. Professional drivers encounter law enforcement personnel when they are pulled into a weigh station for weighing and inspections. The driver plays a large role in how pleasant — or unpleasant — that interaction will be. Setting a professional, respectful tone right from the start will go a long way toward making any inspection faster and less stressful. One of the key things for drivers to remember when...

Whether you have a medium or a large size trucking fleet, you can now see where road and bridge tolls are being assessed and confirm you’re getting the best toll rates possible, thanks to a new management tool. Unveiled at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show in Atlanta this week, INFORM Tolling is the latest innovation from HELP Inc., the non-profit provider of the truck weigh station bypass service PrePass. This new tool can help identify...

There are many different ways safety is measured in trucking, but one gauge is particularly important in determining whether you get a green light or a red light from your truck weigh station bypass service. It’s called an Inspection Selection System score, or ISS score, and it also has a deep effect on the number of times a truck is inspected by safety enforcement officers. Drew Anderson, director of carrier relations for PrePass and a well-known subject...

The images and stories coming out the Houston area this past week have been devastating. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, people the world over are reaching out to help the people of Texas in any way they can. Now, with the storm making landfall in Louisiana, we are witnessing a remarkable resilience and tremendous generosity that has only just begun. Our partners at the Texas Trucking Association (TXTA), headquartered in Austin, have been fielding questions and requests...

When you are an expert in the trucking industry and passionate about safety, it's natural to want to share what you know to help others improve. That's why we're proud to announce HELP Inc.'s National Director of Field Operations, Steve Vaughn, is now a regular contributor to the respected industry forum, IdeaXchange. IdeaXchange is a popular feature on Fleet Owner's website and features blog posts by Xpert™ contributing authors to share industry perspectives and encourage business and...

HELP Inc. is pleased to announce Karen Rasmussen, our President and Chief Executive Officer, as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious J. R. "Bob" Halladay Award from the Trucking Associations Executive Council (TAEC). Presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to assist and support the work of the 50 state trucking associations that comprise the ATA Federation, the Halladay Award is only awarded when a TAEC region hosting the annual meeting deems an individual worthy of...

Should motor carriers be penalized for a crash if their driver is truly not at-fault or if the crash could not be prevented? Many industry safety experts have called for a change to the rules so non-preventable crashes do not show up on a carrier’s Crash Indicator BASIC that heavily influences the carrier’s CSA score. Now there’s a chance relief is on the horizon, and you can be a part of it: Carriers can participate in a...

Whether you’re a fleet executive, safety director, company driver or an owner-operator, if your safety scores aren’t strong enough, you’re probably not getting bypass green lights as often as you wish. But there is a solution – and it’s nearly as close as your backyard. Here are four ways truck fleets and owner-operators can work with commercial vehicle enforcement to find out how to improve safety. Join State Trucking Associations and Attend Events Every state has a trucking...