There are a lot of myths out there about the trucking industry, about truck drivers, and about the companies they work for. Winnipeg trucking company, Len Dubois Trucking, would like to help educate the public about the industry and the people who work in it. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to learn more about trucking!
There has been a lot of media attention this year surrounding truck drivers and how they operate dangerously on the roads. This simply just isn’t true. We are not going to pretend that truck drivers never cause accidents, but we cannot look past the fact that 80% of road way accidents that involve a semi truck are caused by passenger vehicles. The trucking industry is heavily regulated with many check points along the way to ensure everyone’s safety on the road. These regulations include mandated hours of service that drivers must follow, regular highway check points operated by Department of Transportation, safety regulations that companies must follow in order to maintain their licensing permits, regular health checks, regular drug and alcohol testing, and so on.
Companies, such as Len Dubois Trucking, take Safety Seriously
Investments in proper training and resources are made to ensure that drivers are driving safely on the roads they share. Equipment is regularly checked and maintained by certified mechanics. Drivers are expected to complete regular, daily equipment checks to ensure that problems don’t arise while they are on the road. Safety and compliance managers are hired to stay in regular contact with drivers to ensure that all safety and compliance issues are being met. Drivers’ log books, the record of their trips by hour, are examined regularly to ensure that drivers are operating within the legal hours of service.
Drivers are Expected to and DO Operate within the Regulations
Truck drivers are not monsters sitting behind the wheel of an 80, 000 lb vehicle. Their mission in life is not to deliver freight at any cost. Truck drivers are people. They are husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends. They have families to return to. Their job is to deliver freight in a safe, timely manner and return home to their loved ones. This is why truck drivers take their jobs seriously.
This is their livelihood, the way they provide for themselves and their families. They are professionals who operate within the regulations because they know that if they are unsafe there will be consequences. Not only is there risk in loosing their job, the more important guide for their professionalism is the safety of other motorists on the road. They do not want to endanger anyone. They do not want to be responsible for injuring another person.
Len Dubois Trucking provides regular training and safety and compliance resources for all of our drivers. Safety and compliance is a team effort and one that is taken seriously by our staff and our driving team. We are proud to have a great team of safe, professionals both in the office and on the road.