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Who’s Who in Video Intelligence for the Transportation Industry

Posted on January 11, 2015

Many insurance companies who we represent have partnered with Video Surveillance firms and will subsidize part of the cost for their insureds.  The major players in the Video Surveillance field are:

Lytx is a fleet management solution & gps vehicle tracking system. DriveCam reduces expenses and increases fleet tracking & management efficiencies.  They have more than 1,000 fleet customers worldwide.

SmartDrive drives safety and fuel efficiency through their patented vehicle data and video event recording technology, combined with a comprehensive driving performance program.

Bendix Safety Direct uses existing telematics systems to wirelessly collect and transmit safety data and video off the vehicle and transform it into actionable information.

PeopleNet provides a number of fleet management systems including video surveillance around the tractor and trailer for liability protection and reducing incidents.

According to Aaron Huff, Senior Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal, “Fleet owners in this high-risk, low-margin industry see the technology as a way to protect themselves and their drivers from the ever-present threat of litigation.”  He provides valuable insight into the benefits of these systems via actual cases of trucking companies succeeding in defending their position.

Important Changes to CSA SMS Website Including Sept 26, 2014 Snapshot

Posted on October 08, 2014

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website has been updated with the September 26, 2014 snapshot. Beginning with this snapshot and then all subsequent snapshots, the SMS integrates the results of adjudicated citations associated with inspections conducted on or after August 23, 2014 that have been processed through DataQs. Check your safety assessment now at:

There are two ways to access and view your safety data, including any results of adjudicated citations for inspections conducted on or after August 23, 2014 that have been processed through DataQs. Log into your Portal account ( or log into the SMS website with your FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via and follow the instructions on the page.

For General information on the FMCSA policy on adjudicated citations and a Glossary of Key Terms see attachments below:

Adjudicated Citations Key Terms Glossary Adjudicated_Citations_Factsheet_GRS_Final_508

Adjudicated Citations Key Terms Glossary

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10 Tips for Safe Parking at Truck Stops

Posted on August 11, 2014

You are finally off the traffic-congested roadway and safely parked at a truck stop. But you may not be as safe as you think. A large percentage of truck-trailer accidents occur at truck stops which should be the safest place to park. Drivers can never let their guard down when behind the wheel. Trucking accidents are expensive to both the employer and to the driver. Below are a few tips to help reduce a trucking accident/incident at a truck stop:

  1. shutterstock_50164954 - Copy (2)Pre-plan your route so you know you will be stopping at a location with plenty of room and that is well lit. Choose your stops, don’t let them choose you.
  2. Plan to take care of everything you need at a truck stop when you are there the first time. Stopping to fuel, refill your coffee, and  eat is better than stopping five times.
  3. Never underestimate the usefulness of a rest area. Not only do rest areas offer easy access, but they are set up to allow trucks to pull through a parking spot versus the higher risk of backing into a spot. Statistics don’t lie….more accidents happen in truck stops than rest areas.
  4. Avoid parking on the end of a row. Not only is there traffic crossing next to you but most people park on the end because they are tired and after a long day the end is the closest spot. Avoiding the end of a parking lot helps you avoid drivers who are parking when they are tired. Removing yourself from high traffic areas can only help.
  5. Avoid a spot that will force you to back out when you leave. Choose a spot you can either pull through (the best option) or back into (second best option).
  6. Avoiding parking in a location where the trucks across from you will be required to back out of their spots. Being behind a vehicle that will be blindly backing toward you is a recipe for disaster.
  7. If the truck next to you looks close, is over the line, or parked odd (for example the cab is angled to the trailer for some reason) then move on to a new spot. If you have to take that spot don’t be afraid to write down the name and DOT number on the truck. You may be glad you did when you wake up in the morning.
  8. Park with your tractor and trailer straight. It reduces the area others have to hit while backing.
  9. Park where there is space around you. The back of the lot will usually have more room than the front so let other drivers take the risk of all that traffic coming and going. No need to be a super Trucker when a safe and easy place is available. Think safe, not convenience.
  10. Use your four-ways when pulling through the lot and backing up. People in truck stops, or even other parking lots, are usually tired or distracted. Four-ways activate peripheral vision and increase the chance of someone seeing you. And if required use your horn gently when needed to tell someone “Hey, I’m here”.