Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cargo Theft in 1st Quarter of 2016

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.
It recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts, an increase of 13% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and up 8% compared to the first quarter of last year. However, the average loss value per incident fell to $112.467, down 13% from the previous quarter and a 56% decline from a year earlier.
The decline in the average loss value, according to FreightWatch, is likely due to it recording no theft valued at more than $1 million in this latest quarter, versus two in the final quarter of 2015 and seven in the first quarter of last year.
It recorded a dramatic increase in the theft of building and industrial products by 222% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and by 263% from the first quarter of last year. FreightWatch also noted a correlation between geographical surges in stolen building supplies in states where the housing market continues to grow, most notably in Texas.
California ranked as the top state for cargo theft with 21% of total thefts, followed by Texas with 15% of heists. Florida ranked a close third with a 66% increase in thefts from the final quarter of 2015 followed by New Jersey at 13% and Georgia with 7% of thefts to round out the top five. Alabama made a notable appearance, ranking seventh with only 3% of total thefts but it experienced a 600% and 250% increase, from the 2015 fourth and first quarters, respectively, as 43% of its thefts were in the building and industrial category.
The most prevalent location for large-scale cargo thefts continued to be unsecured parking areas, identified in 89% of incidents in which a location type was declared. Thefts from warehouse/distribution center location types came in second with 6% of thefts and secured parking areas accounted for 5% of thefts.
·         Watch what you say: Don’t tell everyone what you’re hauling or where you’re heading. This includes social media and CB chatter.
·         Watch where you park: Try to park in well-lit, busy truck stop areas near buildings, fueling islands and restaurants. Backing up to buildings, fences and other trailers can make it harder for thieves to open your trailer doors.
·         Always be aware of your surroundings: This means always being aware of what’s around you whether you’re moving or parked. If you think someone is following or tailing you, try slowing down and switching lanes to see what happens.
·         Always padlock your trailer!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Submission of Citations and Inspections

The FMCSA states in regulation §396.9 (d) (1) that the driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle shall immediately mail, fax or otherwise transmit the inspection report to the carrier within 24 hours. PTL also requests that any citations and or written warnings be sent in within 24 hours.
With that being said, always make sure that the copies that you are sending in are clear and legible. If, during the inspection, you  receive a citation for any type of violation, you are also required to submit a copy of the citation (front and back) with the inspection report.
There are a couple of ways that you can submit these in a timely manner:
Fax to 270-753-1528 or 270-753-1530 ( ATTN: Gene Fielder). Either fax number will assure that the appropriate persons that handle these time sensitive documents will receive a copy.
Transflo the documents with a YELLOW DRIVER LOG COVER SHEET. This will come straight to driver services. If you do not have any YELLOW DRIVER LOG COVER SHEETS you can use a WHITE Trip SHEET. Enter ATTN: DRIVER SERVICES in the box on the lower left corner. If sending only the citation or inspection sheet  do not use a barcode. Then on the QUALCOMM  press create message and enter 21, MESSAGE TO DEPARTMENT,  and place an ‘X’ next to the number 9. Enter the 16 digit confirmation code. The code will normally be a combination of letters and numbers i.e. LV01-2ab3-d45e-6fg7. There may or may not be any dashes.
Fax or scan both sides of the citation. Be sure to sign your name on the citation where required.
Out of service “FIX IT TICKETS”:
a.   All OOS inspection reports must be signed and dated by the repairer.
b.  CA inspection reports must be signed by the repairer and a DOT Officer before being sent in. Note: If receiving an overweight or over length citation after you correct the problem have the DOT or any law enforcement officer sign the back. This can reduce the fine to $25 in most cases.
If, for any reason, there is a problem or question, call Gene Fielder in Services at Ext. 335 for assistance.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Day in the Life of a Fleet Manager

                                                         Day in the Life of Fleet Manager

Each Fleet Manager’s day starts off different as each of us handle the trucks on their board differently.  ETA/PTA’s (Estimated time of arrival/Potential time available) are the most important things for each fleet manager to make sure are correct on their board each morning. We all come in and check them and ask for updates from our drivers to make sure loads are met on time, get new appointments if needed, and keep everything moving. Have to say ETA/PTA’s are one of the most if not the most important things for each fleet manager.

                After checking one everyone’s ETA we then go thru our list of the things we need to accomplish each day, getting plans/swaps in place to get drivers home, getting the trucks that are having APU/EPU issues into shops so they can be fixed, getting drivers who are already training or want to start training into Murray to get a trainee, checking on trucks that are down along with some others while constantly checking ETA/PTA on the trucks.

                Working on getting drivers home daily is a very important task as a Fleet Manager. It is hard to promise a certain day at a certain time home but I work daily to work on getting my drivers there when they ask to be there.

                After going thru everything on my fleet each day at the end of the day before going home I will double check to make sure things are good before leaving for the day. A lot of stuff can happen in one night and might change it all and have to re-do it in the following morning so checking that ETA/PTAs are correct, trucks are out of the shop, swaps are still in good place to make it thru, along with other things are important to run my fleet efficiently.

                I believe that working with the drivers on my fleet each day and building that relationship with them has and is helping me to understand how to run my fleet efficiently and correctly and make sure that each and every driver that is on my fleet is taken care of to the best of my ability.
 Keshea Wadkins

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Logs FAQ

We are going to answer two frequently asked log questions:
1. Can the Log Department edit my logs?
Yes, 395.16 states authorized motor carrier personnel (log staff) can make edits to driver logs, as long as the original records are preserved. Also, 395.30(a) states the motor carrier is required to ensure accurate log records.
2. How do I edit my own logs?
See page 10 in your Qualcomm training and reference manual. There is also a video preloaded on your Qualcomm. You can get to the video from the home page tap the white arrow on the right side of the screen; then tap the MCP TRAINING PROGRAM at the bottom of the screen. Choose HOURS OF SERVICE. You can choose to watch the lesson you want. Lessons are interactive.
1. To edit logs tap approve tab.
2. Tap the status record to edit. This will cause the status line to highlight and the edit button will light. NOTE: Editing drive time line 3, or off duty driving line 5 is not allowed.
3. Tap the Edit button
4. Tap the arrow next to the window beneath the word original.
5. Select the new status from the drop down box.
6. Note a reason (Required). Tap the arrow in the note bar. Why are you making the edit? -Type “ERR” (short for ERROR).
7. Tap OK


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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Line 5 Driving

When Can Driving Time Be Considered Off-Duty Time?

Under normal circumstances, all time spent at the controls operating a commercial motor

vehicle must be logged as driving time. But what happens if a driver is using his or her

commercial motor vehicle as a personal vehicle to drive to or from a personal

destination? The concept of “off-duty driving time” is not actually in the regulations;

however, it is discussed in great detail in the interpretation to Part 395. Interpretations

are the guidelines published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

(FMCSA) to provide a better understanding of the rules.

To be able to log personal conveyance time as off duty (Line 5 on ELOGS), there are

several conditions that must be met. The guidelines are the same for Company Drivers

and Owner Operators.

First, the driver must be relieved of all responsibilities and conduct no on-duty activities.

No work for the company is allowed when using Line 5 (Off-Duty Driving). For

example, the driver cannot take the truck to a shop for repairs and use Line 5.

Second, the trip and destination must be purely personal in nature, Moving to pickup

your next load, going to a terminal or drop-lot, or going to get fuel are all work related

and cannot be done using Line 5 time. A driver can bobtail from the drop-lot to a

restaurant to eat and back on Line 5, as long as he or she is not under a dispatch.

Third, the vehicle must not be “laden”. In other words, you cannot be pulling a trailer.

Fourth, you must not be “repositioning” the equipment. If your Fleet Manager lets you

bob-tail home you can use Line 5. But when you get ready to leave home if you are sent

to get an empty trailer to use for your next load, then you cannot use Line 5.

Fifth, if you have been place out of service for an hours-of- service violation. You cannot

move the vehicle until you are put back in service.

Finally, Line 5 driving distance needs to be “reasonable”. You are not allowed to travel

several hundred miles on Line 5. But you can bob-tail to the closest truck stop to eat and

do laundry. As a guideline we use 30 minutes, if you can bob-tail to a truck stop or

restaurant in 30 minutes and then get back in 30 minutes, we consider that reasonable.

If you have additional questions please contact the Driver Services Department and ask

for the Log Staff.

Mike Alexander

Director of Driver Services

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Friday, May 6, 2016

International Roadcheck June 7-9

International Roadcheck 2016 will take place on June 7-9, 2016
International Roadcheck, in its 29th year in 2016, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections. International Roadcheck 2016 will take place June 7-9, 2016.
International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.
Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1.4 million, resulting in more than 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. It also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
In The Inspector’s Seat
The Point of the
North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure
From a commercial vehicle safety inspector’s perspective, the point of the NAS inspection is to ensure both your safety and those of others traveling on the highways.
The costs associated with being put out of service are insignificant when compared to the costs of crashes with innocent people. Be proactive and inspect your vehicle thoroughly before you take your next trip. The keys are in your hand.
If you are put out of service, it will cost you $861 on average — which does not include the costs of fines or repairs as a result of the inspection.
What INSPECTORS Are Looking For
Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system; Check for “S” cam flip-over; Be alert for audible air leaks around brake components and lines; Check that the slack adjusters are the same length (from center of “S” cam to center of clevis pin), and that the air chambers on each axle are the same size. Check brake adjustment; Ensure the air system maintains air pressure between 90 and 100 psi; Measure pushrod travel; Inspect required brake system warning devices, such as ABS malfunction lamps and low air pressure warning devices; Inspect tractor protection system, including the bleedback system on the trailer.
Safety Devices-Full Trailers/Converter Dolly(s): Check the safety devices (chains/wire rope) for sufficient number, missing components, improper repairs, and devices that are incapable of secure attachment. On the Lower Fifth Wheel check for unsecured mounting to the frame or any missing or damaged parts; or any visible space between the upper and lower fifth wheel plates. Verify that the locking jaws are around the shank and not the head of the kingpin and that the release lever is seated properly and that the safety latch is engaged. Check the Upper Fifth Wheel for any damage to the weight bearing plate (and its supports) such as cracks, loose or missing bolts on the trailer. On the Sliding Fifth Wheel check for proper engagement of locking mechanism (teeth fully engaged on rail); also check for worn or missing parts, ensure that the position does not allow the tractor frame rails to contact the landing gear during turns. Check for damaged or missing fore and aft stops.
Check your fuel tanks for the following conditions: Loose mounting, leaks, or other conditions; loose or missing caps; and signs of leaking fuel below the tanks. For exhaust systems, check the following: Unsecured mounting; leaks beneath the cab; exhaust system components in contact with electrical wiring or brake lines and hoses; and excessive carbon deposits around seams and clamps.
Inspect for corrosion fatigue, cross member(s) cracked, loose or missing, cracks in frame, missing or defective body parts. Look at the condition of the hoses, check suspension of air hoses of vehicle with sliding tandems. On the frame and frame assembly check for cracks, bends, sagging, loose fasteners or any defect that may lead to the collapse of the frame; corrosion, fatigue, cross members cracked or missing, cracks in frame, missing or defective body parts. Inspect all axle(s). Inspect for non-manufactured holes (i.e. rust holes, holes created by rubbing or friction, etc.), for broken springs in the spring brake housing section of the parking brake. For vans and open-top trailer bodies, look at the upper rail and check roof bows and side posts for buckling, cracks, or ineffective fasteners. On the lower rail, check for breaks accompanied by sagging floor, rail, or cross members; or broken with loose or missing fasteners at side post adjacent to the crack.
Inspect all required lamps for proper color, operation, mounting and visibility.
Make sure you are carrying a safe load. Check tail board security. Verify end gates are secured in stake pockets. Check both sides of the trailer to ensure cargo is protected from shifting or falling. Verify that rear doors are securely closed. Where load is visible, check for proper blocking and bracing. It may be necessary to examine inside of trailer to assure that large objects are properly secured. Check cargo securement devices for proper number, size and condition. Check tie down anchor points for deformation and cracking.
Check the steering lash by first turning the steering wheel in one direction until the tires begin to pivot. Then, place a mark on the steering wheel at a fixed reference point and then turn the wheel in the opposite direction until the tires again start to move. Mark the steering wheel at the same fixed reference point and measure the distance between the two marks. The amount of allowable lash varies with the diameter of the steering wheel.
Inspect the suspension for: Indications of misaligned, shifted, cracked or missing springs; loosened shackles; missing bolts; unsecured spring hangars; and cracked or loose U-bolts. Also, check any unsecured axle positioning parts and for signs of axle misalignment. On the front axle, check for cracks, welds and obvious misalignment.
Check tires for proper inflation, cuts and bulges, regrooved tires on steering axle, tread wear and major tread groove depth. Inspect sidewalls for defects, improper repairs, exposed fabric or cord, contact with any part of the vehicle, and tire markings excluding it from use on a steering axle. Inspect wheels and rims for cracks, unseated locking rings, and broken or missing lugs, studs or clamps. Also check for rims that are cracked or bent, have loose of damaged lug nuts and elongated stud holes, have cracks across spokes or in the web area, and have evidence of slippage in the clamp areas. Check the hubs for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs, misalignment and positioning, and damaged, worn or missing parts.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring Open House 2016

Back in the fall, Paschall Logistics hosted their first open house. They invited  current students and former students from the Murray State University Career Fair. This spring, they had the pleasure of hosting another open house to talk about everything that Paschall Truck Lines, and Paschall Logistics can offer graduates. Attendees had a tour of the Paschall Logistics office, heard testimonies from current PTL employees that are Murray State grads, and heard the ins and outs of the trucking business from Executive VP, Tom Stephens. We hope they learned all of the amazing opportunities that can come from joining the trucking industry.

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