Previous Webcasts from J. J. Keller & NPTC

J. J. Keller and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) are teaming up to bring you a series of informative webcasts in 2015 ... learn more now. Previous webcasts are also available for downloading. To view a webcast, click on the appropriate link below.


2016 Webcasts

May 19, 2016 - Mitigating Accident Liability

FMCSA, late last year, published rules prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in violation of certain safety regulations such as drivers’ hours-of-service; the commercial driver’s license; and the drug and alcohol testing. In this webcast, we will discuss the impact of this new rule, specifically looking at the definition of “coercion,” how it ties into the topic of “harassing” drivers, who is covered by the rule, and the process for dealing with coercion complaints.

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May 18, 2016 - The New Coercion Rule and Whistleblower Protection

FMCSA, late last year, published rules prohibiting motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles in violation of certain safety regulations such as drivers’ hours-of-service; the commercial driver’s license; and the drug and alcohol testing. In this webcast, we will discuss the impact of this new rule, specifically looking at the definition of “coercion,” how it ties into the topic of “harassing” drivers, who is covered by the rule, and the process for dealing with coercion complaints.

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March 24, 2016 - Hours of Service

The federal hours-of-service changes that went into effect in 2013 reduced the number of hours per week that drivers have available for driving. Although, FMCSA was ordered to stop enforcing the restart restriction, the requirement remains in the rules and could return. In this webcast we will review how fleets are coping with this regulatory uncertainty by examining the limits, logging requirements, and the most commonly used (and misused!) exceptions. We will also show how the use of electronic logging devices can alleviate some of the most common challenges carriers face in the area of hours-of-service.

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March 23, 2016 - Electronic Logging Devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration late last year released new regulations mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) within two years for almost all commercial motor vehicle drivers. In this webcast, we will take an in-depth look at the new mandate and whether your fleet is prepared to meet the new compliance requirements. Specifically, we will be drilling down into the mandate itself (who will be required to use ELDs), the technical specifications for the next-generation devices, and the required administrative steps that will be necessary to comply with the rule.

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2015 Webcasts

October 15, 2015 - Successful DataQ Strategies

DataQs is the system the FMCSA provides to carriers and drivers to challenge data that is in the FMCSA’s data systems that is incorrect. Failing to use the system can be impacting your scores in CSA, as well as giving officers on the road and investigators at the FMCSA the wrong impression of your company. In this webcast we will discuss how to spot something that should be in your data or that is incorrect, how the DataQs process works, the tactics that should be used to be successful when filing a DataQs challenge, and provide a detailed explanation of the “adjudicated citation policy.

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October 14, 2015 - CSA Update

CSA, while it has been around for a while now, is still an important issue to carriers. Its primary purpose is to locate under-performing carriers for “intervention” (a warning or an investigation). The vast majority of carriers investigated each year are selected based on their CSA scores alone. In this webcast we will be highlighting the past, recent, and upcoming changes to the CSA program, as well as the increased use of the focused off-site investigations and the cooperative safety plan intervention options, the status of the crash preventability study, and the Safety Fitness Determination proposal. We will also look at strategies carriers can use to hopefully prevent being selected for an intervention.

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May 20, 2015 - The DVIR Rules and Maintenance Policies and Practices

With the changes to the DVIR regulation, have you changed your policies or updated them? Are you allowing your drivers to only submit a DVIR when there is a defect? Or are you still requiring the driver to submit an inspection report every workday? In this webcast we will look at the best practices related to driver inspections and driver inspection documentation, and provide you with ideas on how you should be answering the above questions and why you arrived at the answers you have!

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May 21, 2015 - Hours of Service and ELDs

In this webcast we will review the limits, logging requirements, and the most commonly used (and misused!) exceptions. We will then show how the use of an ELD system can alleviate some of the most common challenges carriers face in the area of hours-of-service. Finally, we will discuss the upcoming final rule mandating the use of ELDs and what it means to carriers that already have an electronic logging system in place, as well as what it will mean to carriers that do not.

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July 15, 2015 - Electronics in the cab, what’s good and what’s bad: Active Safety Technologies

Are you confused by all of the separate and seemingly overlapping safety systems that manufacturers and aftermarket companies are offering? Have you thought about installing one (or more) to try to improve the safety of your fleet? In this webcast we will discuss the “alphabet soup” of available onboard safety systems. We will be looking at the pros and cons of the use of systems such as CWS, LDWS, ELDs, TPMS, and ACC. In the course of the discussion, we will also be looking at other systems that can create driver distraction, if not installed or operated properly.

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March 18, 2015 - Driver Recruiting in an Era of Driver Shortages: How to Effectively Qualify and Screen Drivers

With the driver shortage leading to more expansive recruiting efforts and the urge to lower hiring standards (potentially leading to hiring more problems), it is more important than ever that carriers review their hiring process. In this webcast we will look at the requirements involved in screening and qualifying a new driver, methods to do it quickly and effectively, and strategies that can be used to keep you from “hiring your next problem.”

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March 19, 2015 - Physical Qualifications of Drivers

In this webcast we will be looking at the seemingly ever-changing driver qualifications requirements. We will discuss the progress of the CDL/federal medical merger; the new DQ file requirements and practices that the CDL/federal medical merger and NRCME have brought about; and the changes carriers should have in place to deal with these issues. We will also be looking at present status of, and potential upcoming changes to, the driver qualifications standards, including sleep apnea and insulin dependent diabetes.

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2014 Webcasts

March 5, 2014 - Hours of Service/Electronic Data Devices

The federal hours-of-service regulations went into effect last year have lowered the number of hours per week that drivers have available for driving by requiring a 30-minute break and placing restrictions on the use of the 34-hour restart. Now the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to come out with new rules mandating the adoption of ELDs by all carriers in interstate commerce (except short-haul drivers); phase-in within 2 years after effective date of final rule.

This webcast will examine the new regulations, the potential for regulatory relief, and how fleets are coping with these new regulations and preparing for the ELD mandate

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May 14, 2014 - Managing Your CSA Scores

FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative is changing motor carrier safety environment. Keeping your CSA scores under control in each of the seven Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) is essential to prevent FMCSA intervention. Despite modifications to CSA to make it easier to understand, the process for benchmarking and improving carrier scores still requires knowledge and a basic understanding of the system.

This webcast will examine:

  • The new regulatory environment
  • How FMCSA is looking at improving the regulation
  • How fleets are using CSA to monitor and improve their safety performance

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July 23, 2014 - How to Survive a DOT Intervention

As a result of the new CSA program, more and more motor carriers are facing the reality of a DOT intervention. Reduce your risk and your anxiety! Get the latest on DOT's increased enforcement activities and how to prepare for a DOT intervention.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Questions asked by DOT auditors
  • A list of paperwork they'll review
  • What they'll look for in your files
  • The key factors assessed in a compliance review
  • Interpreting your SafeStat score

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October 22, 2014 - Regulatory Update

In its effort to improve highway and truck safety, the federal government has stepped up its regulatory activity. The pace and scope of these changes has never been greater. This webinar will help to identify critical policy, legislative, and regulatory issues impacting your business as well as a discussion of the forces that will help shape these future initiatives. Join us as we provide planning tools and strategies you can implement immediately to enhance your compliance efforts.

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2013 Webcasts

March 6, 2013 - Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become a major safety and regulatory issue. Many studies are now indicating that in-cab distractions account for an ever-increasing number of crashes. Attend this webcast to learn strategies for keeping your drivers more focused on the road!

Participants will learn about:

  • Existing (and any pending) regulations on the use of electronic in-cab devices that lead to distraction (televisions, hand-held cell phones, texting),
  • How to develop and implement policies and procedures to reduce the incidences of distracted driving, and
  • How to educate drivers on the risks associated with distracted driving.

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May 8, 2013 - Effective Driver Vehicle Inspections

Poor results on roadside inspections are your invitation to a DOT intervention. But it's not just about what the DOT finds. From a risk management perspective, making sure your inspection, repair and maintenance processes and records are in order is your best defense to prevent accidents and mitigate exposure when they do happen. Check out this webcast to find out how to move from "pencil whipped" DVIRs, to capturing real, actionable data.

This webcast will help you:

  • Understand the link between safety and maintenance through a better understanding of the federal vehicle inspection standard;
  • Learn how to establish effective policies, procedures and drive and maintenance training; and
  • See what one fleet has done to "raise the bar."

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July 10, 2013 - DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing

Among the most frequently cited violations found during DOT compliance reviews are violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations. A study by the Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety of interstate tractor-trailer drivers found that 15% of all drivers had marijuana, 12% had non-prescription stimulants, 5% had prescription stimulants, 2% had cocaine, and fewer than 1% had alcohol in their systems. Find out what you can do to get in compliance and help ensure our roadways are safe. With thousands of dollars in fines, public safety, and CSA scores at risk, motor carriers need to understand their role in preventing the use of drugs and abuse of alcohol by commercial drivers.

Participants will learn:

  • The top 10 FMCSA D&A violations;
  • How to establish a compliant drug and alcohol testing program, with special emphasis on the rules for pre-employment, random, and post-accident testing, as well as the latest happenings in this complex area of regulation; and
  • How to raise the bar through more stringent testing protocols, hair follicle testing and more!

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October 2, 2013 - Physical Qualification of Drivers: DOT Physicals, CDLs and Med Cards, Functional Capacity Testing

Statistics from the National Institute of Health paint a grim story: 54 percent of male truck drivers smoke cigarettes, 92 percent don't exercise regularly, 50 percent are overweight and 66 percent are unaware they have high blood pressure. Driver wellness programs are a great way to improve the health of your team, but there are steps you can take to ensure that new hires are appropriately medically qualified before they join your team.

Participants will learn about:

  • Existing (and any pending) regulations related to DOT Physicals and the CDL/Med Card merger,
  • How to raise the bar through more rigorous screening and by conducting functional capacity testing, and
  • How to bring it all together into a comprehensive driver health and wellness program.

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