Road Warriors for Safety: Warming Up

by Miranda Brooks 16. July 2022 15:25

We know that Professional Drivers encounter safety risks every day and we want you to be prepared when you do. This week in our Road Warrior video series, Driver Health Manager, Jared McNealy will demonstrate proper warm-up techniques. Check it out here: https://vimeo.com/721531300

 

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DOT Annual Reviews

by Miranda Brooks 15. July 2022 15:23

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently passed a final rule that eliminates the requirement for drivers to submit a list of violations as part of the DOT Annual Review process (49 CFR 391.27, rescinded).  This rule went into effect on 5/9/22 whichmeans you are no longer required to send in a Macro 58 to report violations annually.  Therefore, we will be removing the automated notifications to drivers and Operations regarding DOT Annual Review expirations.   Effective 6/1/22, we changed our internal processes and no longer required you to send in a Macro 58 for the DOT Annual Review.  We are in the process of updating our systems throughout the month of June to accommodate this change. 

 

However, the regulations do still require U. S. Xpress and Total Transportation (the “Company”) to pull a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) annually, review it, notate in your file details of any violations or convictions, and date when the MVR review is completed (49 CFR 391.25).  With this aspect remaining in place, we will continue to manage your DOT Annual Review date in our system and may require you to send in supporting documentation regarding their violations.  What this means is, if you’re requested by Safety to submit supporting documentation of any violation found on their MVR, failure to do so by the given deadline will result in you not being assigned further loads until the requested documentation is received and accepted. You are reinstated by the Safety Team.  Safety will attempt to give ample notice to you if supporting documentation is necessary.  We appreciate you and will continue our efforts to ensure the Company maintains a safe and compliant fleet on the road!  If you have any questions, please reach out to your Manager or the Safety Team:

U.S. Xpress =  DriverCompliance@usxpress.com

Total Transportation = ComplianceDepartment@totalms.com

 

 

Q - Am I no longer required to submit a Macro 58 each year to report violations?

A - Correct, the federal regulations removed the requirement that drivers report violations annually, but companies are still required to review your MVR at least once a year.

 

Q - Am I still required to notify the company if I get a traffic citation?

A  - Yes, you must immediately or by the next business day report receiving any tickets, license suspensions or revocations to the Safety Department.  You must provide copies of all such documentation to the Safety Department within 48 hours via fax, email, or scan.

 

Q - Do I have to report traffic violation convictions to the Company and, if so, how soon after the conviction must I report it to the Company?

A - Yes, federal regulations require you to report in writing to their company any traffic violation convictions within 30 days of the conviction date (49 CFR 383.31).  We will be rewording and repurposing Macro 58 to provide drivers a means in which to comply with this requirement and report convictions to the Safety Department.  Effective 7/1/22, drivers will be able to satisfy this requirement by filling out a new version of Macro 58 within 30 days of the traffic violation conviction date.

 

Q - What if I got a ticket and/or conviction for a traffic violation in my personal vehicle, do I still need to notify the company?

A - Yes, federal regulations require CDL holders to report traffic violations and convictions received in a personal or commercial vehicle to the Company.

 

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Want to earn some extra cash?

by Miranda Brooks 15. July 2022 15:23

Let’s be honest, who would be a better recruiter for professional drivers than another professional experienced driver?

We know our professional drivers know their job better than anyone, which is why we’re happy to reward drivers for referring new drivers. We’ll pay $4,000 for experienced team referrals and $2,000 for solo driver referrals. How cool is that? Up to $4,000 for a simple conversation—that’s tough to beat.

If your referral is hired, you’ll receive your referral bonus when they deliver their first load. And then you can get out there and refer another team or solo driver. Rinse and repeat.

 

All you have to do is text “refer” to (423) 436-9588 and our virtual assistant will guide you through the rest!

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DOT Annual Reviews

by Miranda Brooks 15. July 2022 15:19

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently passed a final rule that eliminates the requirement for drivers to submit a list of violations as part of the DOT Annual Review process (49 CFR 391.27, rescinded).  This rule went into effect on 5/9/22 whichmeans you are no longer required to send in a Macro 58 to report violations annually.  Therefore, we will be removing the automated notifications to drivers and Operations regarding DOT Annual Review expirations.   Effective 6/1/22, we changed our internal processes and no longer required you to send in a Macro 58 for the DOT Annual Review.  We are in the process of updating our systems throughout the month of June to accommodate this change. 

 

However, the regulations do still require U. S. Xpress and Total Transportation (the “Company”) to pull a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) annually, review it, notate in your file details of any violations or convictions, and date when the MVR review is completed (49 CFR 391.25).  With this aspect remaining in place, we will continue to manage your DOT Annual Review date in our system and may require you to send in supporting documentation regarding their violations.  What this means is, if you’re requested by Safety to submit supporting documentation of any violation found on their MVR, failure to do so by the given deadline will result in you not being assigned further loads until the requested documentation is received and accepted. You are reinstated by the Safety Team.  Safety will attempt to give ample notice to you if supporting documentation is necessary.  We appreciate you and will continue our efforts to ensure the Company maintains a safe and compliant fleet on the road!  If you have any questions, please reach out to your Manager or the Safety Team:

U.S. Xpress =  DriverCompliance@usxpress.com

Total Transportation = ComplianceDepartment@totalms.com

 

 

Q - Am I no longer required to submit a Macro 58 each year to report violations?

A - Correct, the federal regulations removed the requirement that drivers report violations annually, but companies are still required to review your MVR at least once a year.

 

Q - Am I still required to notify the company if I get a traffic citation?

A  - Yes, you must immediately or by the next business day report receiving any tickets, license suspensions or revocations to the Safety Department.  You must provide copies of all such documentation to the Safety Department within 48 hours via fax, email, or scan.

 

Q - Do I have to report traffic violation convictions to the Company and, if so, how soon after the conviction must I report it to the Company?

A - Yes, federal regulations require you to report in writing to their company any traffic violation convictions within 30 days of the conviction date (49 CFR 383.31).  We will be rewording and repurposing Macro 58 to provide drivers a means in which to comply with this requirement and report convictions to the Safety Department.  Effective 7/1/22, drivers will be able to satisfy this requirement by filling out a new version of Macro 58 within 30 days of the traffic violation conviction date.

 

Q - What if I got a ticket and/or conviction for a traffic violation in my personal vehicle, do I still need to notify the company?

A - Yes, federal regulations require CDL holders to report traffic violations and convictions received in a personal or commercial vehicle to the Company.

 

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Operation Safe Driver Week is here

by Miranda Brooks 12. July 2022 14:33

Driver Week July 10 - 17. Law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers (in commercial and passenger vehicles) engaging in dangerous driving behavior.

  • During the week, you should use the same safe driving practices you do every day, including:
  • Maintaining speeds at or below posted speed limits.
  • Wearing a seatbelt.
  • Avoid using handheld mobile devices, including cell phones.
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Making proper lane changes.
  • Avoiding reckless and aggressive driving.
  • Obeying all traffic signs and devices.

If you have any questions about this year’s CVSA Safe Driver Week, please contact your manager.

 

 

Thanks for staying safe! 

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Scan in Your Paperwork from Your Cab

by Miranda Brooks 11. July 2022 10:52

Have you tried the scanning feature in your Xpress Mobile App? If not, this is a great time to start using it. Why?  

It’s Convenient.

You can scan and view your paperwork from anywhere.

It’s Instant.

The app allows you to skip the lines for scanners so you can get back on the road sooner. 

It’s Easy.

If you already have the Xpress Mobile App, everything you need is already on your phone. 

It helps keep you safe. 

Since most drivers on the road have to scan in paperwork, scanners are often some of the more frequently touched items in our facilities and at truck stops. In the era of COVID-19, that’s the kind of thing you should be avoiding. Not to mention standing close to others as you wait in line for the scanner. When you use your app, you don’t even have to leave your cab. Just remember to disinfect your phone on a regular basis. 

Feel free to reach out to your manager if you have any questions.

 

We appreciate all you do!​​

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Quick Tips to Beat the Heat

by Miranda Brooks 10. July 2022 08:57

As temperatures begin to increase, it is very important to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated helps the body produce more sweat and keep the body cool, keeping you safer in the heat. One of the best defenses against heat related illnesses and injuries is prevention.

Here are a few tips you can do to help keep your body safe:

  • Begin your day well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before, during, and after your workday.
  • Avoid alcohol the day before during physical activity for a prolonged period.
  • Don’t wait for a sign. If you’re thirsty, you may have already lost about 2% of your body’s fluids and it’s time to replenish.
  • Any time you work in the heat for more than one hour, replenish your fluid levels with a low-calorie, sugar free drink that contains electrolytes.
  • Eat at least five cups of fruits and vegetables per day for optimum health, as they all contain various levels of water and potassium.
  • Use a fan to help circulate air and keep your body cool while working.
  • Pace yourself. Take breaks in a cool, shaded area or in an air-conditioned space.

 

Sun safety is never out of season. Preparing your body for exposure to the elements can help keep you and others safe while on the road. Always be sure to check the local weather before arriving to be alert of potential heat warnings. Our goal is to get to home to your loved ones safely, that starts with being prepared properly. 

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Coming Up: Operation Safe Driver Week

by Miranda Brooks 9. July 2022 17:53

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be sponsoring Operation Safe Driver Week July 10 - 17. Law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers (in commercial and passenger vehicles) engaging in dangerous driving behavior.

During the week, you should use the same safe driving practices you do every day, including:

  • Maintaining speeds at or below posted speed limits.
  • Wearing a seatbelt.
  • Avoiding using handheld mobile devices, including cell phones.
  • Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Making proper lane changes.
  • Avoiding reckless and aggressive driving.
  • Obeying all traffic signs and devices.
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If you have any questions about this year’s CVSA Safe Driver Week, please reach out to your manager.

Thanks for staying safe!

 

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Work gets more rewarding with Awardco

by Miranda Brooks 8. July 2022 17:47

Get ready to enjoy a new way to get rewarded for great work. With Awardco, a simple, user-friendly platform, you can receive recognition for a job well done, earn points to buy cool stuff, and celebrate milestones, including work anniversaries and birthdays. Redeem the points you’ve collected on the app or online. You can even choose a Visa gift card to use at the company store.

 

Awardco will be available to U.S. Xpress and Variant drivers and will be easy to access on the Xpress Mobile app starting July 11, 2022.

You’ll be awarded points for birthdays and for every anniversary as long as you meet safety standards. You will receive packets at your home mailing address to recognize the anniversary, including instructions on how to redeem points.

Awardco will also send a recognition message to Million Milers the month after they reach their milestone, awarding them 500 points every time they add 1 million safe miles to their driving record. The annual recognition event for our most elite professional drivers will remain unchanged.

 

 

If you have any questions about Awardco, contact benefits@usxpress.com.

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