Cost-effective safety tools and access to insurance coverage for qualified single-truck operators and small fleets
CHECK OUT ICSA'S VIDEO SERIES:
"ICSA Asks: What Would You Have Done?"
This video series shares recordings of actual incidents and crashes experienced by ICSA members and is designed to help carriers respectfully learn from each other, improve driver safety scores, ultimately lower crash rates and keep insurance costs as low as possible. We have edited the videos to remove any identifying marks, logos or company names so that they are completely anonymous.
Don't forget to watch, like, subscribe to the channel, and comment on each video to let us know what you would have done.
Winter Driving Tips:
ICSA continues to see far too many weather-related crashes in snow and ice this winter. If you are in your first or second winter season driving, you would do well to review the free winter weather training courses available to you at no cost on FirstGear.
Tips to keep in mind:
Gather and review all weather information along your route and then make a plan before leaving to ensure safety.
Reduce the truck speed by half the posted speed limit on snow and reduce the speed even more if the roads are icy
Increase following distance to 12-15 seconds when operating in adverse weather conditions.
Wet roads turn to ice after sundown so travel as much as possible during daylight hours and avoid driving during early dawn or dusk.
Stop driving if weather conditions become too dangerous (i.e., heavy snow, no visibility).
The Independent Carrier Safety Association (ICSA) was established in 2019 as a non-profit 501c6 C-corporation, otherwise known as a Business League. ICSA is located in north Phoenix, Arizona. ICSA’s mission is to improve highway safety by promoting the common safety interests of single-truck operators and small fleets. ICSA fulfills its mission by providing its members with safety tools, including technology, education and training at costs normally reserved for large fleets.
ICSA offers two membership categories - Platinum and Gold. The qualifications for each category are listed below.
To qualify for ICSA's highest level of membership - Platinum Member - and enjoy all benefits of membership, including discounts on insurance, a carrier must agree to:
- Install in-cab event recorders (cameras) in all power units. ICSA provides access to purchase event recorders at a low cost members could not get on their own. Carriers that have already installed event recorders from any of four currently approved vendors* are not required to purchase additional cameras as long as they grant ICSA access to their camera data.
- Members must also meet a minimum safety score prescribed by ICSA.
- Sign up for hair testing for drugs through Texas Alcohol and Drug Testing Service (TADTS) and ensure every driver takes a hair test. These tests must be scheduled and completed within 30 days or as required by prevailing law.
- Implement a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy (for carriers with more than one truck). ICSA provides a sample policy to members without charge.
- Approve ICSA access to the carrier’s ELD data.
- Govern truck speeds to no more than 68 miles per hour and certify compliance.
- Maintain membership in good standing with no delinquent dues or other financial obligations.
Carriers that do not wish to apply for insurance coverage may join ICSA as a Gold Member. Dues for Gold Memberships are the same as for Platinum Memberships and offer the same access that Platinum Members enjoy to ICSA’s safety products, consulting, technology, training, voluntary benefits, and information services.
Through its collective buying power and approved vendors, ICSA provides safety and associated services at no cost or at reduced costs that members would otherwise not be able to qualify for on their own.
*Approved event recorder vendors are Netradyne; Motive; SmartDrive; and Samsara.
Our services include:
- Access to cost-effective truck insurance coverage and experienced claims handling for Platinum Members.
- Reduced pricing on forward-facing event recorders for carriers that do not have existing event recorders from any of the four approved vendors. Having an event recorded can help to achieve a fair outcome in the event of a collision. Event recorders also allow a carrier to coach drivers on their behavior and can help make good drivers better!
- Cost-effective, state-of-the-art hair testing for drugs to achieve the highest level of accuracy and help members ensure substance users are not operating commercial vehicles.
- Access to fuel and maintenance discounts, legal services, driver MVR monitoring and a menu of voluntary benefits including health insurance.
- A voice in the industry for single-truck operators and small carriers. We know most carriers care about highway safety. ICSA exists to help educate motor carriers, assist them in adopting best practices for truck safety.
- Quarterly and Annual Safety Awards to recognize ICSA's safest members.
- A no-cost Model Safety Plan, as well as model polices for Zero Tolerance Drug and Alcohol and Distracted Driving, geared to small fleets that members can adapt to fit their company.
- FirstGear, a robust online driver training curriculum available to all ICSA members at no cost.