Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security. While these systems do generate some privacy concerns, the bottom line is that fleets are seeing improvements in safety, driver training and other areas.
A flurry of trucking regulatory activity is still expected this year, according to a monthly rulemakings update from the Department of Transportation. But some of the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s upcoming rules have again been pushed back, while some remain on track.
Experts on driver recruitment and retention may disagree on the relative importance of such key motivators as base and bonus pay, length and scheduling of time away from home, quality and care of equipment, and fringe benefits ranging from healthcare to 401(k) plans.
Yet there is broad agreement that positive communication between drivers and their employers is crucial to attracting and keeping those best qualified to deliver the goods. That holds true through the hiring process and throughout their career with a carrier – and good training programs are one aspect of that communication.
Communication is critical when training new hires and veteran truckers alike. How else will they know how to operate safely, efficiently and profitably within the operating parameters of a given fleet? What’s more, professional training that instructs drivers on how they can go about their work at minimal personal risk and with optimum financial gain will help recruit and retain them.