Posts Tagged ‘CSA Scores’



September 4, 2014


Some interesting articles  about Brake Week coming September 7-13

Here is how TA/Petro can help

What a quality Mid-Trip Inspections (tractor/trailer/or both) can do for a you:

  • Reduce down time during Brake Week
  • Clean inspections help your CSA scores
  • Fines are a direct hit to your bottom line
  • Money is only made when the wheels are turning
  • IT IS FREE through September 15th!

Inform the Turck Service Attendance when you call the site that you would like a FREE Mid-Trip inspection using the discount code -> “Fleet DOMT” – Up to a $19.99 Value!

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Seat Belts – 3 seconds to fasten – Do It!

November 11, 2013

We have been trying to wrap our heads around the numbers we have been seeing in our seatbelt observations over the last 3 months.

Between the cities of Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Jersey we are averaging one seatbelt violation in every three trucks observed. Thankfully we were able to observe and reach out to these drivers before they had a bigger problem on their hands in the event that a Department of Transportation officer spotted them. Your drivers are at risk of getting a violation, being put on probation, and most importantly killing themselves or someone’s loved one if they don’t wear their seat belt. This is by far the EASIEST violation in CSA to avoid. Please help us do just that.

Attached are two flyers you can post and distribute to your contractors  – one in English Seat Belt Myths and one in Spanish Seat Belt Myths – Spanish.


CSA Awareness Phone Training

November 11, 2013

Scott Rarick

As you may have seen the previous emails from Troy and Brent, I too am communicating the new time changes for the CSA Awareness Phone Training.  The change in times were made after feedback that we have received from Agents.

In response to this feedback, we will be implementing these new times to make it easier for the operators to call.  The biggest issue that we heard from the Agents was the 11AM time slot wasn’t good for them to call into.  That’s why we’ve decided to add 4PM EST (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and also 6PM EST (Tuesday and Thursday).  Also we will be a Saturday morning call as well – that will be 10/26 & 11/30 (both at 11AM EST).

These new times will go into effect starting this Monday, October 21st.  Please help us by communicating to your respective operators the importance of this training and the new times.

1)Please have your contractors watch the CSA 2013 Power Point on Pit Stop

2) Dial into our 2x daily conference call

PHONE: 559-546-1200

PIN: 766-398-089





Mandatory CSA Awareness Training for ALL Operators

July 18, 2013

Starting  Monday, July 8th at 11AM EST, the Evans Safety Department will be conducting MANDATORY  CSA Awareness Training for ALL operators.  The training will be running everyday over the course of the next few months.

Here is a copy of the post card  that has been sent to the homes of all of the operators.

CSA Awareness Training – Starts Monday July 8th at 11AM EST

Please encourage all of your folks to call in sooner – rather than later.  Please print and post this document in a visible location as well.

Thank you,

Scott Rarick


Welcome Scott Rarick – Director of Safety

July 5, 2013

Scott RarickScott has held previous Health & Safety Management positions over the last 15 years in the manufacturing sector of business.  Scott has diligently worked to reduce overall workplace injuries/incidents and to mitigate hazards through various focused programs.

He looks at bringing his safety knowledge and experience into the area of transportation.  His primary focus will be improving the overall CSA process within the company to ensure compliance.

Currently, Scott is pursuing his Bachelors of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University – enrolled in the Business Management & Marketing curriculum.

Scott also serves as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Orwigsburg Fire Department, where he has been an active member for 22 years.  He is also a Local Level Fire Instructor through Bucks County Community College.  He also serves as the Safety Director and Coach for the Cressona Area Baseball Association.

Scott resides in Orwigsburg, PA with his wife – Melanie of 10 years.


Suspended CDL = RED FLAG Violation

May 17, 2013

A suspended CDL can lead to a Red Flag Violation. These violations serve almost like a scarlet letter for carriers. Any company that hires a driver with a previous Red Flag violation will likely increase their risk of an audit.  Any driver with a red flag violation will be thoroughly inspected 100% of the time during a D.O.T. Audit. In short, Red Flag violations are to be avoided at all cost… But what does this have to do with me you ask? Have you ever run into one of these situations?

  • Maybe you thought your citation was paid in full, BUT there’s still a small balance due that you are not aware of.
  • Maybe they mailed you a suspension letter, BUT your address had changed; therefore, you never received it.  
  • Maybe you canceled your personal car insurance to change companies, BUT it is showing that you do not have car insurance coverage.
  • Were you behind on your child support payments because of unforeseen circumstances and then got caught up, but the Motor Vehicle Department NEVER received verification that it was satisfied? 

If you answered yes, your license could have been suspended without you knowing it. Please take a few minutes to call the DMV in the state in which you are licensed to check on the status of your license. Learning your license is suspended during a roadside inspection will not pnly bring about possible termination, but it will also follow you for the rest of your career.


New Hours of Service Rules

May 17, 2013

On July 1st 2013 every person driving with a CDL will be subject to new rules in Hours Of Service. The 11 hour rule & 14 hour rule will remain intact and unchanged but additional requirements will be added to your day.

The first rule change states that 8 hours is the longest period of time that can go by without taking a 30 minute off duty break. This break needs to be logged “off duty” so compliance officers can verify that you are following the new regulations. If timed correctly, you will only need one of these breaks to make it to your 14 hour limit.

The second rule change states that you must include two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a. m. home terminal time when taking your 34 hour reset. For most drivers this is already being done but we highly recommend you take a look at your previous 34 hour breaks to make sure you don’t need to change your schedule to accommodate this change.

Any questions?  Contact the Evans Safety Department –


Hours of Service and PSP/CSA Training

May 17, 2013

Hours of Service Training

As we conduct our monthly log audits, we will alert your terminal that certain drivers may need an Hours of Service refresher. Our Log specialist may be requesting that you attend one of our Hours of Service classes. We hold these classes twice a week (Tuesday, Thursday) at 11 amEastern Time sharp. If you feel that you could benefit from such a class, feel free to call in as well. It’s a great time to review the regulations and ask questions. You can call in from any location to this number:

Dial-in number: (559)546-1200

Meeting ID: 766-398-089


The safety department may approve an applicant with the condition that they attend a CSA / PSP training course. We hold group training sessions three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) at 11 am Eastern sharp for these applicants. These group calls are designed to help you read your PSP report and get a better understanding about CSA. If you feel that you could also benefit from a CSA discussion, please join in on the discussion. You can call in from anywhere to this number:

Dial-in number: (559)546-1200

Meeting ID: 766-398-089


Safety News

May 17, 2013

Hi Everyone,
At the Evans corporate office we are very excited that spring is finally here! The winter coats have been put up for good and the shorts have been dusted off. The improving weather can mean only one thing. More people on the roads and more family trips. More cars, more vacations, more problems. Please drive defensively out there and remember the E.V.A.N.S. Keys (Eliminate Distractions, Vehicle Fitness, Always Buckle Up, Never Speed, Secure Your Freight).
Brent in Safety

Clean Roadside Inspections play a direct roll in both your personal CSA score & Evans’ CSA score too. For every clean level one, two, or three roadside inspection, a contractor’s and company’s Department of Transportation ranking will be be improved in any category that is inspected.

Besides the Benefits of lowering your CSA, we wanted to give our contractors an extra $10 Pilot/Flying J gift Card! Every clean roadside this month.



May 5, 2013

Over the last three months, we have had our ups and our downs when it comes to unsafe
driving. In March of this year, we had our lowest violation total (5 violations) dating back to June of 2011. In April, we had our violations total increase to eight. In May, they increased again to 12. The trend looks very negative until you put the numbers into perspective. This time last year we had more than double the violations in each month from March – May. So although 12 violations in May of 2013 does not seem like progress, it is a marked improvement from the 24 we received in 2012.

The hard work we all have been putting into getting the word out about Unsafe Driving Violations is paying off dividends in Evans’ CSA Score. Our percentile ranking has dropped in each of the past three months from 82.4% to 75%.

Even though our percentile rankings are dropping, we could be improving at an even greater rate.  We are still being hurt by the easiest violations to avoid. Speeding and seatbelt violations still dominate our Unsafe Driving violations. Over the last three months, speeding and seatbelt violations made up 80% of our Unsafe Driving violations.

By getting every contractor to follow the E.V.A.N.S. Keys we can make our alert status unsafe driving score a thing of the past. Wearing a safety belt and not speeding doesn’t cost anything. It will save a life and prevent an unexpected roadside inspection with Unsafe Driving violations.  Please continue to remind your drivers to Always Buckle Up and to Never Speed.