In It for the Adventure

Misty Bell | March 01, 2011

Compliance program has minimal health-related requirements

With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability program coming into play, some drivers are more concerned than ever that their health will take them off the road. But is this worry warranted?

Probably not. While CSA does include a “Driver Fitness” BASIC category of measurement, it doesn’t involve additional health requirements. The program does, however, emphasize the importance of keeping medical certification up-to-date, with penalties against companies for non-compliance.

Additionally, the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC includes penalties assessed to the driver for substance or alcohol possession or abuse — fairly common sense and, again, not really anything new.

For more information about the program, including the Driver Fitness BASIC, visit www.csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov.


Health Group Seeks Walkers

Driver group looks to build on success of previous health walks

Misty Bell

The Trucking Solutions Group will hold its fifth health walk April 2 in Louisville, Ky. The Mid-America Trucking Show Driver Health Awareness Walk will be at 8 a.m. at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, with sign-up available on-site.

“One of the things I’m hoping to get from the walk is that drivers will see other people out walking and join them for a walk,” says Trucking Solutions Group Chairwoman Linda Caffee. The walk will be a non-competitive 1.5 miles.

Caffee says the group also will sponsor a mobile blood donation site, run by the American Red Cross, April 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “I have been surprised [at the positive response to the idea],” Caffee says. “I’ve been talking to drivers about it, and they’re like, ‘Oh, man, that’s cool! I always try to give blood when I go home, but it doesn’t always work out.’”

The group also has plans for health walks this year at the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas and the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

For more information about the Trucking Solutions Group’s upcoming events, contact Caffee at lcaffee@elkhart.com.