Truck Driver Safety Requirements:
Our pre-employment screening of drivers is a critical factor in how Bennett consistently maintains a good safety rating under the new Compliance Safety and Accountability Program, known throughout the industry as CSA. Our safety program includes strict owner/operator qualification requirements, comprehensive orientation and training initiatives, and a support team for improved fleet operations.
Driver Pre-Employment Screening:
At Bennett we follow the CSA system of the 7 BASICS when screening potential drivers in our pre-employment process. All drivers must have at least 2 years over-the-road (OTR) experience within the last 3 years, 1 year freight OTR experience within the last 2 years, or any kind of trucking within the last 3 years in general freight or flatbed. All potential drivers must pass a background check, physical and drug screening. Their history motor vehicle report (MVR) must have no more than 7 points and no DUIs within last 7 years.
It is mandated that all employees, agents, contractors and drivers attend safety training upon joining Bennett as well as remedial training throughout the year. Safety meetings are held across the country at locations in or near our major terminals or via the Internet using WebEx. These meetings keep our employees, drivers and contractors current with all local and federal regulations and updated on our safety procedures or processes. In addition to providing classes, all Bennett drivers must attend 2 safety meetings per year. Safety meetings are held every Friday at 1pm and Saturday at 8 am. For a list of locations please visit driversig.com.
Bennett is committed to ensuring that our drivers have reliable and safe equipment. Our 24-hour Maintenance Department is dedicated to helping make sure that the appropriate maintenance is performed on all equipment. Safety personnel regularly check drivers to make sure they are performing their vehicle and equipment inspections. Every 60 days drivers are required to complete maintenance forms, and every 6 month complete mandatory DOT inspections. We make sure our drivers adhere to all requirements for satisfactory safety inspections.
Part of maintaining exemplary safety guidelines is making sure our independent owner/operators know how well they are driving, and how to stay compliant. Bennett drivers have access to Vigillo’s roadside resume software that delivers driver CSA scores at no cost to all of our drivers. We also provide access to live online paperwork status and log calendars where drivers can determine if they have missing logs, violations, or if we haven’t received their logs. All of our drivers also have quick access to Bennett’s Scan Anywhere solutions from Pegasus TransTech called TRANSFLO Now!. Bennett independent owner/operators can send delivery documents using a computer, scanner, or smart phone. Both applications are free for drivers to download and use.