Trucking news and briefs for Monday, May 30, 2022:
CarriersEdge Launches Auto Carrier Training Course
CarriersEdge has unveiled a new series of online training courses for automated carrier operators.
The new suite includes the Auto-Hauler Cargo Inspection and Vehicle Inspections – Stinger Steer courses. A third course, dedicated to unloading goods, should be released this summer.
“Automatic transportation is a specialized field with unique needs,” said Mark Murrell, president of CarriersEdge. “There is a lack of written information available for truck drivers, as standard tractor-trailer courses do not offer enough relevant information. There was a need for auto transport courses that walk drivers through inspection procedures and detail best practices for performing these inspections. »
The Auto-Hauler Cargo Inspection course explains how to properly perform a vehicle inspection, identify damage or defects on transported vehicles, and how to accurately report exceptions. After completing this course, drivers will be able to:
- Perform delivery inspections during and after business hours
- Use multiple viewpoints to spot vehicle damage
- Recognize the difference between common defects such as scratches, nicks, dents and chips
- Record damage and defects, including steps to photograph issues and notify customer or site supervisor
Stinger steers are unique truck-trailer combinations with separate parts that drivers should inspect regularly. The Vehicle Inspections – Stinger Steer course outlines what drivers should look for, specific to their truck, to ensure regulatory compliance and stay safe when hauling goods. Through this course, drivers will learn:
- Regulations for vehicle inspections
- Details on the inspection of bridges, ramps and hydraulic components
- How to Complete a Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR in the US)
Both auto transport courses incorporate a combination of 3D models and actual photography, giving drivers a complete picture of the vehicle and what to look for. Courses include inspection “hot spots” detailing how to inspect each area.
“Auto-Hauler Cargo Inspection” and “Vehicle Inspections – Stinger Steer” are now available to CarriersEdge customers at no additional cost, as part of the CarriersEdge subscription service. There are over 90 titles in the CarriersEdge monthly subscription package, with new and updated titles added regularly. The courses are offered in the form of a complete orientation, short refresher and remedial titles, and in the form of autonomous knowledge tests.
FedEx Express delivers formula when needed
On May 25, a FedEx Express MD-11 cargo plane delivered 100,000 pounds of Gerber baby formula, equivalent to 1 million 8-ounce bottles, to Dulles International Airport from Ramstein, Germany.
For the second time this week, FedEx Express supported the US government’s Operation Fly Formula with the movement of shipment through the FedEx Express air and ground network. The shipment was unloaded and transferred to FedEx Express trucks for transport to a Nestlé distribution center in Pennsylvania.
FedEx said it remains engaged with the administration and U.S. agencies to provide logistics and transportation support as needed for Operation Fly Formula.
“Our network was built for missions like this – to move time-sensitive shipments safely and quickly,” said Gina Adams, senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs at FedEx. “FedEx Express’ integrated air and ground network has accelerated the movement of infant formula from overseas manufacturers to the United States for distribution to retail outlets and hospitals nationwide. We are proud to work with the U.S. government and our healthcare customers to help alleviate this crisis. »