When it comes to safety, follow the BASICs-Part 2
Fleet managers or maintenance directors can use preventive maintenance (PM) schedules to ensure vehicles are seen by maintenance personnel on a regular basis. They can also ensure that trucks come in for their scheduled PM service tracking PM compliance. A PM program only works when the trucks are actually brought into the shop for the needed maintenance service and general inspection.
Fleet managers can also analyze their CSA maintenance violations to took look for patterns and then address the issue by modifying their PM service. For example, if a fleet finds that eight of its 20 maintenance violations are for chafing brake lines, it can set up a special inspection and encourage drivers and technicians to place extra emphasis on checking brake lines for chafing during their maintenance inspections and during drivers’ pre- and post-trip inspections.
Analyzing your CSA maintenance violations allows you to see systemic problems that you can then investigate to determine the cause. Did you switch parts suppliers? Did you get a bad batch of replacement parts? Are drivers not being diligent in performing their pre- and post-trip inspections? Are technicians not getting to the root cause of a problem therefore allowing it to recur?
Driver fitness is also a BASIC violation that will prevent drivers from being able to drive. It is about more than just driver health. It is also about maintaining driver qualification files. While drivers are ultimately responsible for maintaining appropriate paperwork, fleet managers can assist them in their efforts. There are several tools and applications available to fleets to help facilitate this process.