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Public Safety
J.B. Hunt has made considerable investments in safety over the past 20 years. Safety is a core value and part of our corporate culture. It just has to be. We share the road with millions of people across the country every day, and our livelihood depends on keeping those roads as safe as possible for everyone on them. In addition to complying with industry-relevant laws and mandates, J.B. Hunt makes its contribution to public road safety in a variety of ways – driver training, drug testing, and investing in technologies that make drivers and equipment safer.
Noteworthy Safety Ratings
Safety is at the forefront of everything we do – from identifying concerns to developing the strategic initiatives to address them. Those around us see it, too. J.B. Hunt has continuously maintained a satisfactory safety rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) since 1992. Our out-of-service (OOS) rates for vehicle, driver, and HAZMAT fall substantially below reported national averages in the Safety Measurement System (SMS). And in CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), J.B. Hunt’s safety performance falls below the threshold in all seven of FMCSA’s on-road safety performance BASICs – unsafe driving, hours of service (HOS), driver fitness, controlled substance/alcohol, vehicle maintenance, hazardous materials, and crash indicator.
Safety Technologies
Public safety is further promoted through smart purchasing decisions. As new safety technologies are made available, they are carefully evaluated to determine what overall impact and benefit they can bring to our drivers, trucks, and hauling equipment. J.B. Hunt is currently in the process of replacing some of its trailers with one of these newly introduced technologies – the RIG-16 Rear Underride Guard System. Engineered to prevent underride in multiple offset or overlap impact scenarios, the guard reduces the risk of injury or death for individuals involved in an accident with the rear of a trailer. And forward collision warning systems have already been deployed on the majority of our Class 8 tractors. These systems assist drivers in avoiding rear-end collisions and help lessen the severity of rear-end accidents whenever they do occur.
Extensive Screening and Driver Training
Training is an ongoing process for J.B. Hunt drivers. Before we offer any driver a spot in our fleet, they must first undergo background screenings, road tests, and functional capacity tests to ensure they are also physically able to perform any non-driving tasks required of a job. All drivers are then trained and certified in SMITH SYSTEM® Comprehensive Driver Safety Training and periodically re-certified. This training consists of classroom instruction and in-vehicle safety training on the principles and application of defensive driving techniques. Drivers receive additional training on topics and materials that are customized to a driver’s job function, type of equipment being operated, and materials being handled to ensure drivers are proficient at performing assigned duties.
Workplace Substance-Abuse Prevention
Our goal is to have the most proficient and safety-conscious drivers on the highways. To do this, we don’t just uphold Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing requirements – we exceed them. Drivers are screened pre-employment and at random as well as post-accident and with reasonable cause as required by regulations. Since 2006, J.B. Hunt has used hair testing during pre-employment screenings in addition to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated urine testing. Hair testing offers a longer detection window, which typically proves to be more reliable in detecting lifestyle drug users.