Weigh_stationDid you know that a “Y” or an “X” marked in the OOS column of a state DOT inspection report damages Mercer’s safety record and reduces the number of “green’s” Mercer drivers get on PrePass and Norpass? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, mathematically, it takes NINE good inspections to offset ONE bad one. If you have an Out of Service item checked (regardless of whether or not you are actually put out of service, whether or not you correct it there, or whether or not you receive a ticket) on the report, the damage has been done. If nine other drivers don’t get clean inspections on the day you get a bad one, we all take a step backwards and everyone is affected. I hear a lot of “I’m Sorry’s” from drivers when they call to report bad inspections, like it’s no big deal. In fact, it’s a very big deal. The best “I’m Sorry” a driver can do is to get ten clean inspections after getting one bad one. Driver’s who cannot consistently get clean Level 1,2 or 3 inspections hurt everyone else at Mercer and probably need to be trucking somewhere else. And will probably will be.


Len Dunman

Safety Director