Preventable or not?

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Ryder System and Instructional Technologies Inc. struck a deal under which Ryder will market and distribute an Internet-based version of ITI’s Tread-1 interactive driver training program. The program – based on the federally approved Professional Truck Driver Institute curriculum and aimed at both new and veteran drivers – includes training in defensive driving, driver wellness, driver qualifications and hours of service, among other areas. Ryder will market the ITI system under the name Ryder Pro-Tread through this site, a division of Ryder.

HRInterchange is integrating into its online application service the ability to order driving, criminal and employment record information from, operated by TIES LLC. Drivers may review the information for accuracy before submitting it to potential trucking employers. The combination of the application and background check services allows drivers to “pre-certify” their credentials and make the information available to employers over the Web in an e-application.

North American Van Lines has honored four of its agents with its Quality Through Safety (QTS) Best in Class designation, its annual award for safety performance. Awards went to Sterling Trucking, Cranston, R.I.; Allen & Coles Moving Systems, LLC, Portland, Maine; O’Mara Moving & Storage Inc., Freeport, Ill.; and Quist Moving & Storage, Marshall, Minn.

While hauling a reefer-load of steaks and other restaurant goodies toward Nashville, John Doe was engaged in a channel-19 debate with another driver – a “Star Wars” fanatic whose handle was “Darth Leadfoot” – about the likelihood of electronic onboard recorders.

“John, soon we’ll all have nifty little gadgets in the cab that’ll keep up with where we’re driving and when we’re doing it,” Darth squawked through the speaker. “You can forget about those detours to see your girlfriends and those all-nighters to the other side of the country. Everything you do is gonna be in your permanent file, good buddy.”

Doe knew that Darth was right about one thing – onboard recorders definitely were coming. But unlike Darth Leadfoot, Doe didn’t see onboard recorders as bad news. If you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, then it’s not a problem.

Ah-hah, here’s my exit, Doe mused. Five miles down State Road 44 was his next delivery point – Saul’s Steakhouse – where everything appeared to be normal. Having routinely made deliveries to Saul’s for almost a year, with the same trailer and load weight, Doe casually turned into the parking lot and