CSA and Safety Scores

Todd Dills | April 02, 2011

“We started really monitoring that with on-board computing devices,” says Mark Theis of Long Haul Trucking, a largely owner-operator fleet. Anytime a driver received a speeding warning, Theis and company pulled data from the truck’s ECM via the company’s PeopleNet communications/data monitoring system. “We started fighting back on these” via the DataQs system. With speed evidence in hand, Theis says, he got 21 of 24 warnings removed.

Pay attention to inspection documentation you’re issued at roadside; if it notes a speeding citation and you were not speeding, take your truck to a dealer for a data download from the ECM to prove your case to get the warning removed. You’ll pay about an hour’s worth of shop rates for the procedure (around $100). If you’re leased to a carrier and use a communications and/or on-board data recording system, work with the carrier to obtain the necessary data. Handheld ECM data reading devices are available from engine manufacturers as well — for example, the Cummins QuickCheck device (quickcheck.cummins.com).



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