I just got finished reviewing the tape, so to speak, of the latest Driving for Profit seminar held Nov. 3 in Toronto. I was unable to attend in person, but Adam Ledlow recorded it for upcoming episodes of our WebTV show Transportation Matters. I strongly suggest you check out these installments if you operate trucks in the US.
There are big-time changes coming to the way carrier safety ratings are scored by the FMCSA and there are implications for drivers as well. Look for more on CSA 2010 in the January issues of Truck News and Truck West and in future episodes of Transportation Matters. This was far and away the best Driving for Profit event to date and thankfully it was very well-attended. I have a hunch you’ll be hearing more about this well-run seminar series in the near future.
But to my point, I wanted to pass along the opening remarks from guest speaker Jeff Davis, who in addition to establishing himself as the foremost authority on the subject of CSA 2010, still finds time to oversee safety and human resources for Dayton, Ohio-based fleet Jet Express.
Davis began his presentation by telling fleet managers in attendance “I’d like to thank you Canadian carriers for making five days of my week just great.”
He went on to say he commutes 30 miles along I-75 each work day, which gives him the chance to check out the iron he sees along the way.
“I’ve come to appreciate the Canadian equipment that I see running up and down the road,” he continued. “I can tell it’s Canadian equipment two ways: First of all, you’re the guys and gals with the great paint jobs. They are done nice, you take a lot of pride in your equipment and the overall appearance of your equipment is absolutely breathtaking. I know how hard it is to run a fleet of trucks, how hard it is to wash one truck let alone 300, how expensive it is to put nice wheel covers on equipment…the pride that comes through your equipment, in my eyes, is just breathtaking. It’s quite an example to US carriers, how well you maintain your equipment.”
If you think he was just blowing smoke, I doubt it. Davis actually took the time before the seminar to check out the SafeStat records of many of the carriers in attendance and wasn’t afraid to point out some of them had cause for concern in advance of CSA 2010. He seems like a straight-shooter, so if you’re a Canadian carrier or driver operating in the US you can take pride in Davis’ comments and realize the little things do not go unnoticed.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies