Ventura issues plan to keep its drivers safe
Jun 1, 2003 12:00 PM
Ventura Transfer Co (VTC) has announced its Security Tactics Against Terrorism plan. The plan, known internally as STAT, is a combination of industry standards and common-sense guidelines that VTC has identified as critical steps to ensuring the safety of its drivers, equipment, and loads.
As part of the STAT plan:
All VTC terminals must be locked and secured during non-business hours.
Drivers of loaded trailers that are stopped in transit or held overnight must ensure that outlets are cable-sealed, not tin-sealed.
All tractors must be double-checked to ensure that they are securely locked before a terminal is closed for the night.
Drivers must maintain regular two-way communication and ensure tracing capability.
Drivers are trained to report any suspicious activities to the local police, and to disclose information only to individuals with proper clearance.
Drivers should always cable-seal all tankcars when not being uploaded, and all information must be documented.
Tractor doors must be locked, and all trailer and container doors secured.
Other common-sense guidelines include:
Whenever possible, drivers should: vary their route, park in areas where other truckers are present, never stop on dark roadways or in deserted areas while waiting to make deliveries, use reputable truckstops along the driver's route, and go directly to the delivery point without making any stops.
Never park in unsecured areas such as parking lots or malls, and always be aware of vehicles following drivers and of strangers asking questions.
Be suspicious of individuals who ask drivers to stop as a result of an alleged traffic accident, never pick up hitchhikers, and always remain aware of one's surroundings.
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