It is common for a trucking company to go above and beyond the standards of the National Safety Code in their progressive safety management systems. Most have the right policies and corrective insight to address the increasing concerns about road safety. Trucking companies are enforcing stricter trucking safety protocols to minimize the risks of road accidents.
The Canadian Trucking Association (CTA) agrees with Judge Sean Dunnigan’s assessment in the Adesh Deol Trucking ruling that the crash involving Humboldt Broncos team bus that resulted in 16 fatalities is clearly an issue of monitoring. A Truck Safety Working Group was established by CTA to promote a 10-point action plan for the improvement of truck safety. The group is composed of Transport Canada and leading representatives of the trucking industry.
CTA has also called the attention of the federal government to introduce an electronic logging system (ELD) mandate to reduce hours-of-service violations. Violations are very frequent in paper logbooks and were discovered through a company audit of Adesh Deol Trucking.
Stephen Laskowski, president of CTA said that it is important to implement tamper-proof electronic logging devices to replace the old fashioned paper logs so that hours-of-service compliance can be effectively monitored. ELD is an example of a technology that the trucking industry needs to improve monitoring and oversight. This will eliminate violations similar to what happened in the Adesh Deol case.
According to Transport Canada, one of the factors in 20% of all collisions is driver fatigue in both trucks and passenger vehicles. When ELD’s are installed in trucks and commercial motor vehicles, data can be monitored and recorded regarding the vehicle and the driver that goes beyond the hours-of-service. It can also record the driver’s behavior on speeding, idling and hard braking. Aside from paper savings, safety concerns can be properly addressed.
A common support system exists between a trucking company in Canada and a trucking company in the United States so that they will be informed on pertinent issues and current news about the industry. Clients are assured that all efforts are being made to ensure that the trucking industry runs smoothly. New technology that is required by the federal government specific to trucks is reviewed and evaluated.