Trevose, PA, January 27, 2012 – The trucking industry may be missing opportunities to reduce the cost of accidents by millions of dollars. That’s the message Luann Dunkerley, CEI’s manager of business development for truck fleet services, told a gathering of private truck fleet executives in Jacksonville, Florida last week.
Ms. Dunkerley made the remarks at a meeting of the National Private Truck Council Institute’s safety committee on Friday, January 20. A veteran of the trucking industry, including a career of more than 20 years at Ryder System, Inc, Ms. Dunkerley was named to the Institute’s board of governors last year.
Ms. Dunkerley said that even among the most advanced truck fleets, a significant percentage of collision repair expenses aren’t traced to documented accidents. “A number of fleets don’t track incidents for small damages, but they can add up to a big number,” she said, citing the example of one major fleet that doesn’t track damages below $325.
According to figures released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2009 property damage-only collisions cost commercial vehicle operators $5 billion, or about $15,000 per accident. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” she said.
Dunkerley said that keeping cumulative records of minor damage, like broken mirrors or cracked bumpers, could alert fleet managers to change to equipment more resistant to damage.… Read more