When Mike Frolick TransPro‘s Director of Safety & Compliance talks about commercial vehicle safety, his eyes light up. He is excited that this July, TransPro achieved its best-ever safety rating.
In Ontario, all commercial vehicle operators are assigned a rating based on roadside inspection results, the number of tickets and accidents. The lower the rating, the better and any rating below 20% is classified as “Excellent.” For the first time in its history, TransPro earned a rating of under 10%.
TransPro’s excellent rating is the result of an effort between our Safety, Operations and Maintenance departments to support drivers to be successful during roadside inspections and ongoing driver training.
Safe trucks and trailers start in the shop where increased standards and frequency of inspections help identify defects and repair them before going on the road. Our mechanics received training to have a critical eye during maintenance inspections by former commercial vehicle inspection officers. Recently, we invited drivers to bring their truck for an inspection and for our mechanics to share their knowledge with drivers who can now find potential issues before they become a problem. All drivers participated and are welcome to have their truck inspected anytime without a reservation.
As equipment ages, it requires more time and effort to keep it safe. We removed a number of trailers, which decreased the average age of our trailers by 25% while ensuring enough capacity to service our customers. To ensure we keep to our maintenance schedule, we introduced preventative maintenance stickers on all trailers.
Safe drivers drive safe trucks and trailers. TransPro keeps its drivers up to date with regular training sessions and safety bonuses.
We’ve integrated the steps we’ve taken to earn our safest ever rating into our daily routines. Drivers and mechanics and the entire team share in the pride of this accomplishment. For TransPro, our customer’s freight and the motoring public, the road ahead is a safe one.