Operation Safe Driver Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has scheduled it’s 2024 Operation Safe Driver Week to take place July 7-13. Shippers should prepare for tight capacity at this time. 

Law enforcement in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be on roadways issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicles engaging in unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, and drunk/drugged driving.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors.   

In 2023, 11,448 traffic stops were made, resulting in 4,592 warnings and 2,634 citations being issued to commercial motor vehicle drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week. Of these, 859 were due to speeding.

Fewer Trucks = Tight Capacity  

In addition to out-of-service orders that take drivers off the road, many commercial operators choose not to drive during the week, which can have a drastic effect on capacity.  

One of Zipline’s mid-sized East Coast and Midwest-based carrier partners reported somewhere between 30-40% of their owner-operators were not driving during the week’s inspection period in years past.

These drivers frequently opt to forgo a week’s worth of work rather than face potential fines that result from a failed brake inspection or other various violations.  

Regardless of the rationale, fewer trucks on the road means limited available options to haul your freight. This can translate into higher costs when booking orders. Customers should also prepare see an increase in transit time for orders and possible service failures. 

Zipline Can Help in Tight Capacity  

Reach out to Zipline today to discuss the steps you need to take to adjust to strained trucking capacity. We can work with your organization to create scheduling, routing, or mode solutions for any foreseeable disruptions and keep your shipments on schedule.